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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 605

July 2, 1863, Gettysburg, the second day: Lee ordered Longstreet’s corps to attack the Federal left while Ewell’s corps assaulted Cemetery Hill and Cemetery Ridge. When the Union Third Corps moved forward along the Emmitsburg Road, an exposed salient was created in the Union line at Little Round Top Hill. 

General Gouverneur Warren, chief engineer for George Meade, realized that the crest of Little Round Top, the highest point on the battlefield, was undefended; he immediately ordered Union forces to occupy Little Round Top.  Union defenders arrived on the summit minutes before the Confederates attacked. 

The attack was rebuffed with heavy losses, but at Devil’s Den and the Peach Orchard Longstreet’s corps did advance.  However, despite massive casualties the Federal line held by the end of the second day of fighting