Devil’s Den archive

Following the battle between Confederate troops at Devil’s Den and Union troops across the way on Little Round Top, famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady canvassed the scene for newsworthy photos he could sell to newspapers. The photo at the top¬†is authentic, having been taken by Brady of a deceased Confederate soldier where he fell during the battle.¬†Seeking a dramatic photo, Brady had this soldier’s body moved to Devil’s Den (bottom) with a rifle propped up for added effect, which has now become one of the most famous photos taken from the battle of Gettysburg. The two photos together are now referred to as the “moved body”.