I visited Gettysburg with Troop 424 (Savage, MD) on November 20, 2010 for the annual Luminaria and Remembrance Day Parade. We primarily toured the Culp's Hill area, before heading to the other events. I wanted to commemorate our trip with a new cache in the park.
This is one of three obsvervation towers at Gettysburg National Military Park, which offer panoramic views of the battlefield. Please view the National Park Service website for hours and other regulations and for the official map and guide.
You will need to climb to the top of the tower to claim this cache. Once at the top, you will need to locate the metal plate that shows distances to various nearby sites.
Limited parking is available near the tower.
I hope to add more Gettysburg OCUS caches, soon.
LOG PASSWORD is the name located between "NATIONAL CEMETERY" and "CHAMBERSBURG PIKE" on the referenced disk. Password is ALL CAPS and does not include the distance or any numbers, punctuation or spaces.
Additionally, post a photo of your and/or your GPS (if you're shy or alone) with the view of your choice.
During the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1–3, 1863, Culp's Hill was a critical part of the Union army defensive line, the right flank, or "barbed" portion of what is described as the "fish-hook" line. Holding the hill was by itself unimportant because its heavily wooded sides made it unsuitable for artillery placement, but its loss would have been catastrophic to the Union army. It dominated Cemetery Hill and the Baltimore Pike, the latter being critical for keeping the Union army supplied and for blocking any Confederate advance on Baltimore or Washington, D.C.