This spot at Devil's Den is much as Alexander Gardner saw it just days after the fighting ended in July of 1863. What's missing here is the body of a Confederate soldier that Gardner and his assistants dragged and positioned to portray a supposed sniper who had been killed at his perch.
Union cannon on Cemetery Ridge points to Seminary Ridge, where 12,000 Rebel troops assembled in a mile-long formation on July 3, 1863, the third and final day of the battle The assault on the center of the Federal line became known as Pickett's Charge. It failed, and Gen. Robert E. Lee withdrew his forces in defeat the next day.
That is how this part of the Gettysburg battlefield became known. It extends along a creek called Plum Run, below Round Top and adjacent to Devil's Den.