Pitzer Woods

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Coordinates: 39°48.279′N 77°15.375′W / 39.804650°N 77.256250°W / 39.804650; -77.256250
Pitzer Woods
forest area
Name origin: Emmanual Pitzer
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Location "Pitzer Woods" marker
 - coordinates 39°48.279′N 77°15.375′W / 39.804650°N 77.256250°W / 39.804650; -77.256250
Highest point
 - elevation 30 ft (9.1 m) (prominence)[1][2]
Biome Northern Piedmont ecoregion
Geology Gettysburg-Newark Lowlands, Rossville Diabase dike[1] (50 feet thick)
Historic District
GNMP structure
Gettysburg Battlefield (75000155)
ID56 [3]
Main article: Seminary Ridge

Pitzer Woods is a Gettysburg Battlefield site used for Gettysburg Battlefield camps after the American Civil War such as the 1933-7 Camp Renaissance Civilian Conservation Corps camp.

External images
Pitzer Woods (NPS.gov)
Pitzer Farm (WorldFlicks.org)


Pitzer Woods was the site of July 1st & 2nd fighting during the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.[4] After the CCC camp closed, Fort Indiantown Gap used Pitzer Woods in 1941 and conducted aerial reconnaissance training using the battlefield.[5] During 1943-4, Camp Sharpe used the Pitzer Woods camp ("in a muddy hollow at the bottom of a slanting road")[6] to train soldiers for psychological operations in the European Theater of Operations. In 1946, agricultural laborers from the Bahamas (July 16)[2] and Jamaica were housed on Seminary Ridge. The Pitzer Woods amphitheater was constructed in the 1960s,[7] and the July 3, 1998 James Longstreet memorial was erected at the Pitzer Woods site that had been dedicated in 1941.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site: Geologic Resources Inventory Report" (pdf). Denver, Colorado: National Park Service: Natural Resource Program Center. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Pitzer School (379593),". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-05-25.  Willoughby Run (1191496)
  3. ^ Cope, Emmor (1896, preserved 1999)), Pitzer Woods - Cast Iron Site ID Tablet (NPS.gov webpage on List of Classified Structures), United States Department of War marker, retrieved 2011-02-11, "1 of 35 Site ID Tablets by War Dept's ... Designer ... Cope, E. B. ... Painted raised letter and border inscription tablet, 2'1"x1'8". Mounted on fluted post, 3' high." 
  4. ^ Pfanz, Harry W (1987). Gettysburg-The Second Day. University of North Carolina Press. p. 114. ISBN 0-8078-1749-X. "Rogers…moved his men back to the shoulder of Big Round Top" 
  5. ^ "Indiantown Units Invade Gettysburg" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Times (Times and News Publishing Company). May 22, 1941. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  6. ^ Edel, Leon. The visitable past: a wartime memoir. p. 22. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Pitzer Woods". Virtual Tour - Day Two. National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Longstreet Memorial Site Dedication set for July 2" (Google News Archive). March 14, 1941. Retrieved 2010-02-01.  (Fort Story troops conducted the parade.)[1]