The National Park Service continues to rehabilitate the Gettysburg National Military Park by planting acres of fruit trees in locations throughout the battlefield where orchards existed in 1863. The plan also involves restoring historic fence lines and fields, including removing trees from areas that were clear during the Civil War.
Here are some photos taken February 13, 2011, of the area around McKnight’s Knoll (near Culp’s Hill and East Cemetery Hill).
I. E. Avery’s North Carolina brigade of Jubal Early’s division charged over some of this same ground on the evening of July 2, 1863, in a coordinated attack with the Louisiana Tigers. In the right center background is the Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse (click on the photo to enlarge it for easier viewing).
Here are some photos of the recent tree clearing…
The Iron Brigade of the West entrenched in this general vicinity, with the left of its line protecting the artillery on the knoll and its right well onto Culp’s Hill.
Looking toward Culp’s Hill down the line of the Iron Brigade.
Felled logs await removal from the Gettysburg battlefield. The sweeping view of Avery’s attack path is greatly improved from the same view last summer.