This section is all that remains of the original stone wall behind which the Confederates met charge after futile charge. Maj. General Lafayette McLaws, CSA, describes best what was discovered after the Federals withdrew. "The body of one man, believed to be an officer, was found within about 30 yards of the stone wall, and other single bodies were scattered at increased distances until the main mass of the dead lay thickly strewn over the ground at something over 100 yards off, and extending to the ravine, commencing at the point where our men would allow the enemy's column to approach before opening fire, and beyond which no organized body of men was able to pass."
Colonel Samuel Zook of Winfield Hancock's 2nd Corps walked among the bodies that night after leading one of the many failed charges. In a letter to his wife, he offered, "I never realized before what war was. I never before felt so horribly since I was born. To see men dashed to pieces by shot and torn into shreds by shells during the heat and crash of battle is bad enough God knows, but to walk alone amongst slaughtered brave in the "still small hours" of the night would make the bravest man living "blue". God grant I may never have to repeat my last night's experience."
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