August 4, 2015 "Robinson's Division"


This tour will examine the Union defense Oak Ridge on July 1st by Major General John Cleveland Robinson’s division. We will begin on Oak Hill and discuss the arrival of Major General Robert Rodes’ division at Gettysburg and Major General Abner Doubleday’s reaction to the threat posed by Confederates on the right flank of the Union First Corps. After a short walk to Oak Ridge, we will examine the Union defense of the ridge beginning with the arrival of skirmishers of the 97th New York and ending with the retreat of the 16th Maine. We will focus on the defeat of Iverson’s and O’Neal’s attack by Baxter’s brigade and the subsequent defeat of Paul’s brigade by various elements of Rodes’ division. This tour involves a moderate hike over some uneven ground.