June 18, 2019 Evening Walk “We have come to stay!” The Defense of the McPherson Farm” LBG Bill Thomas
The McPherson Farm was at the center of the fighting west of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. Here, Union forces tenaciously defended against Confederate attacks from both the west and the north beginning with the arrival of Calef’s battery in the early morning until the retreat to Seminary Ridge in the mid-afternoon. This tour will examine the farm as it existed at the time of the battle, the several efforts by the Confederates to dislodge the Union defenders, and the personal experiences of some of the men who struggled for this ground. Meeting place: 150th Pennsylvania Monument.