Devil’s Den

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Devil’s Den is a ridge of large boulders, formed over 150 million years ago,  on the Gettysburg battlefield that saw intense fighting on the second day of the battle, July 2, 1861. General Hood’s Texans eventually captured the maze of rocks, one of the few successes for the Confederates on this day. Casualties for both sides in this spot were around 2600. The origin of name Devil’s Den is not know for certain. Folklore is that there was a large black snake that lived amongst the rocks and the locals referred to it as the Devil. There seems to have been a sense of darkness and curiosity to these rocks, even before the battle. The name for this spot is very fitting considering the horrible fighting that occurred here on that day. It was surreal to be in this spot and impossible to not imagine the trauma that took place 150 years ago.

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