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Big Round Top, Gettysburg

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Big Round Top is a boulder-strewn hill notable as the topographic high point of the Gettysburg Battlefield and for 1863 American Civil War engagements for which Medals of Honor were awarded. In addition to battle monuments, a historic postbellum structure on the uninhabited hill is the Big Round Top Observation Tower Foundation Ruin.
Big Round Top is the southern peak of the Gettysburg Battlefield and is within the area encompassed by a drainage depression (southeast, south), Plum Run (west, north), and the Crawford Rd/Wright Av roadway (north, northeast). In addition to Little Round Top, adjacent battlefield locations are South Cavalry Field/Slyder Field (west), Devil's Den (northwest) and the Valley of Death/Slaughter Pen (north). The hill is the highest point of an Adams County dendritic ridge which Plum Run divides at Big Round Top (the drainage divide continues to the east). In addition to Little Round Top (650), nearby heights are Warfield Ridge (west), hills of ~580 ft (southwest) and ~540 ft (northwest), and Houck Ridge (north-northwest); while Carr Hill (876 ft) is the nearest higher hill. "Devil's Kitchen" is rock formation and small cave on the lower slopes of Big Round Top.
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  • We hiked to the top..it’s a long way up to the top. I just keep telling myself, “your not dressed on long sleeves, long pants made of wool and your not carrying a 15 lb. rifle and all your belonging. ...  more »
  • A lesser-visited battlefield site. Suggest doing a little research before hiking to the top. It's an arduous hike on a hot day but worth the effort. The absence of large crowds was a nice perk.  more »

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