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Little Roundtop plays big role in Gettysburg battle

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Wheatfield, Devil's Den, Little Roundtop – these are names that live on in Gettysburg lore and places with great significant on the second day of Battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago.

Going into the second day, Union troops had the high ground and the advantage. Valiant Confederates charged from below and up the hill -- wave after wave.

"When they ran out of ammunition, they initiated a bayonet charge. Unbeknownst to the Confederates, … they didn't have any ammunition and captured about 200 to 300 and saved the day," said a Union reenactor we met on Little Roundtop.

The field is now filled with cars, and crowds on foot, bikes and Segways.

Ray Shankin of Delaware was biking up Little Roundtop in the heat when he almost retreated but was inspired by the Confederates.

"It's like ‘I'm gonna get off and walk' and [I thought] ‘No I'm not gonna get off and walk," he said. "These guys walked up from Virginia and then stormed the hill, barely getting sleep.' It's amazing."

Doug Matter expected to battle bigger crowds in Gettysburg this week but that fight hasn't materialized.

"I think [there's been] moderate crowd but nothing that's been grid locked," he said.

Eight-year-old Luke Buss, brought his gun, his cap, his canteen and his passion for the Civil War. He said this is a lot better than school.

I like "seeing the live thing instead of just reading a book," he said.

Now, 150 years later, visitors can dress like soldiers dressed and walk where they walked, but the reality is that, on this day, Gettysburg was a field of screams.

"There was puddles of blood in the rocks …puddles of blood," said the Union reenactor.D

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