On 2 Jul 1863, Little Round Top was the key point in the Union Army's defensive line, overlooking The Slaughter Pen, Devil's Den, Houck's Ridge and The Valley of Death. With its views of the battlefield, it is easy to see why the position was so important.
The Battle of Gettysburg began around 8 AM on 1 Jul 1863 on McPherson Farm. There are now several statues and memorials at this site where Meredith Avenue intersects the Chambersburg Pike. The day I was there, 2 May 2008, the adjacent fields were awash in blooming yellow wildflowers, making a spectacular backdrop for this historical site.
East Cemetery Hill is across the street from the Baltimore Pike entrance to the Soldiers' National Cemetery. There are many monuments commemorating the battle there at the end of the day on 2 Jul 1863. There are some nice views at the top of the hill and one can see why it was a strategic position.
I got up early and walked to the Soldiers National Cemetery before the crowds arrived. It was quiet except for the birds. The monument is where President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address.