Friday Aug 28th, 2020
On July 2, 1863, Colonel Strong Vincent was mortally wounded on the slopes of a rocky hill south of Gettysburg, called Little Round Top. At age 26, Vincent commanded a brigade in the Federal Army of the Potomac. A Harvard-educated lawyer before the outbreak of the Civil War, Vincent had no formal military training. He was a quick learner, however. It was Vincent that chose the spur of ground part way up the slopes of Little Round top-the military crest, not the topographic crest, that would allow his men to fall back to higher ground if forced to.