Pitzer Woods

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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; -77.256250Coordinates: 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]

Pitzer Woods is a Gettysburg Battlefield site used for Gettysburg Battlefield camps after the American Civil War such as the 1933–37 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. United States 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.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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]