If you have studied the Battle of Gettysburg or visited the National Military Park, you may be familiar with the area known as Devil's Den. But why is it called by this name? Where specifically is it located? What lore is associated with this place before and after the American Civil War?
There is little evidence to suggest that the area known today as the Devil's Den was known by that name prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. There are several places where it is referenced as such after the battle, including:
- In the official report of Captain James F. Smith of the 4th Independent Battery
- By Francis M. Stake, who was stationed at Camp Letterman General Hospital after the battle
- And by historian John Bachelder