GDG- skirmish line vs line of battle

Andy Mills amills at
Wed Jan 11 09:20:36 CST 2012

Are there any known photographs of Iverson's Advance / Pits?  

I have heard it described as "500 men fell in perfect lines as on a march parade ground" and that a Confederate officer was in the process of disciplining these "cowards" for lying down during the battle, only to discover they were killed. 

Is there any truth to this?


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From: gettysburg-bounces at [mailto:gettysburg-bounces at] On Behalf Of Tom Barrett
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:15 AM
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Subject: Re: GDG- skirmish line vs line of battle

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Likely the only chance you would see of a line of KIA's like that is if a line of battle received a "well delivered volley" (or maybe a canister round, but more likely the former...).  Otherwise, it could be the result of ground fought over a number of times.  As you know, most casualties were wounded, not killed outright.  That many killed outright, in a line, would not be a common occurrence.



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