Rebuilding Stone Walls at Gettysburg

For bravery, for patient endurance of hardship, and for unswerving fidelity to the cause for which they fought, the record of the soldiers from North Carolina is unexcelled in the annals of warfare. A monument similar to this might properly be erected on a score of battlefields, for North Carolina, while characteristically slow to enter the Civil War, gave more in blood and treasure to the Southern cause, once she became committed to it, than any other State.

Key Takeaways:

  • Orchards could provide cover and concealment. Fences were often obstacles and stone walls could provide cover.
  • These projects improve the visitor experience on the battlefield and overall understanding of the fighting of the battle.
  • Using horses and rope slings, the largest rocks were dragged from nearby fields to the edge with medium-sized to smaller stones carefully stacked on top to add height.

“For most of these stone walls there is no photographic evidence of what they looked like, how high they were built, and whether they were stacked elegantly or thrown hastily together by the farmer clearing his fields.”

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