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Battle of Gettysburg
Third Day: Culp's Hill (July 3, 1863)

What do you know about Battle of Gettysburg, Third Day: Culp's Hill?
Try this U.S. Civil War History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Take 2 points for each right answer.  Maximum this page: 20 points!

Battle of Gettysburg1) On July 3, General Robert E. Lee's plan was to renew his attacks by coordinating the action on Culp's Hill with another attack by Longstreet and A.P. Hill against Cemetery Ridge.

True or False?

2) At dawn, five Union batteries opened fire on a Confederate brigade in the positions they had captured and kept them pinned down for 30 minutes before a planned attack by two of Maj. Gen. John W. Geary's brigades.
Who commanded the Confederate brigade?

  1. Col. Scot Freeland

  2. Major Ira Randolph

  3. Brig. Gen. George H. Steuart

3) The Confederates beat them to the punch. An attempt by Lee to hold off the start of the fighting was fruitless. Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell sent back a terse reply by messenger: "Too late to recall."

True or False?

4) Since the fighting had stopped the previous night, the Union XI Corps units had been reinforced by additional troops.
Who did NOT send troops?

  1. I Corps

  2. VI Corps

  3. XXX Corps

5) Gen. Ewell had reinforced his division commander, Maj. Gen. Edward "Allegheny" Johnson with additional brigades from the division of Maj. Gen. Robert E. Rodes.
From 1846 to 1849 and 1864 to 1865, which brigade commander was the Governor of Virginia?

  1. Brig. Gen. Junius Daniel

  2. Col. Edward A. O'Neal

  3. Brig. Gen. William "Extra Billy" Smith

6) In the final of the three Confederate attacks, around Brig. Gen. James A. Walker's Stonewall Brigade and Brig. Gen. Junius Daniel Daniel's North Carolina brigade assaulted Brig. Gen. George S. Greene from the east, while Steuart's brigade advanced over the open field toward the main hill against the brigades of Col. Charles Candy and Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Kane, which did not have the advantage of strong breastworks to fight behind.
When did the third attack begin?

  1. 10 a.m.

  2. Noon

  3. 5 p.m.

7) The 1st Maryland Potomac Home Brigade (despite its name, a regiment of inexperienced recruits) was badly shot up struggling for a stone wall crossing the open field parallel to the line of works. Union General Geary replaced them with the 147th Pennsylvania of Candy's brigade, which charged successfully, giving the field the name "Baker Field" after the Pennsylvanians' Lt. Col. Peter Baker.

  • True or False?

8) The end of the fighting came near noon, with a futile attack by two Union regiments, 2nd Massachusetts and the 27th Indiana.
What was the location of the attack?

  1. Baltimore Pike

  2. Devils Den

  3. Spangler's Spring

9) When Lt. Col. Charles Mudge of the 2nd Massachusetts heard the order he insisted that the officer repeat it. He was then quoted as saying "Well, it is murder, but it's the order." The two regiments attacked in sequence with the Massachusetts men in front, and they were both repelled.
How many men did the 2nd Massachusetts lose?

  1. 23%

  2. 33%

  3. 43%

10) Two of Henry Culp's nephews were brothers: John Wesley Culp and William Culp. Wesley joined the Confederate States Army and William the Union Army. Wesley's regiment, the 2nd Virginia Infantry, fought at Culp's Hill, and he was killed in the fighting on his family property on July 3. Ironically, he allegedly was carrying a message from another soldier, just deceased, to "Ginnie" Wade, the only civilian killed during the battle. (His brother William was not present at Gettysburg and survived the war.)

  • True or False?

Battle of Gettysburg
Second Day: Culp's Hill (July 3, 1863)
[Answers]

1) True 2) C.  3) True  4) C.  5) C.  6) A.  7) False.  The 1st Maryland Potomac Home Brigade (despite its name, a regiment of inexperienced recruits) was badly shot up struggling for a stone wall crossing the open field parallel to the line of works.  Union General Geary replaced them with the 147th Pennsylvania of Candy's brigade, which charged successfully, giving the field the name "Pardee Field" after the Pennsylvanians' Lt. Col. Ario Pardee, Jr.  8) C.  9) C.  10) True

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