Plum Run (Rock Creek)
|Plum Run (Rock Creek)|
Plum Run generally flows west of both the Taneytown Road and Rock Creek.
Valley of Death
|Elevation||387 ft (118 m) |
|Source||Field of Pickett's Charge|
|USGS feature ID||1185250 |
|Namesake||"Plum Run line" of McGilvery's artillery |
Plum Run (Rock Run in 1821) is a Pennsylvania stream flowing southward from the Gettysburg Battlefield between the Gettys-Black Divide on the east and on the west, the drainage divide for Pitzer Run, Biesecker Run, Willoughby Run, and Marsh Creek. The Plum Run Valley was the location of Battle of Gettysburg, Second Day, and Third Day military engagements, as well as the postbellum Crawford's Glen and Tipton Park. In 1972, the Slaughter Pen comfort station was temporarily closed after Youth Conservation Corps participants of Camp Eisenhower discovered fecal pollution in Plum Run.
|Plum Run course|
|headpoints||triple pt (Stevens & Guinn Runs)
N of Codori house & barn
|crossing||(historical) Emmitsburg Rd|
|bridge||United States Avenue|
|confluence||run from Weikert Hill|
|bridge||for Slaughter Pen pedestrians|
|site||1894-1917 trolley bridge|
|bridge||along horse trail fording|
|bridge||Confederate Avenue (1937)|
|confluence||Heagy's Woods Run||[relative location tbd]|
|confluence||run from Ridge Road|
|confluence||run from north|
|confluence||run from west|
|mouth||Rock Creek (Monocacy River)|
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Plum Run (1184118) NOTE: The USGS coordinates for the Plum Run source ( ) are inaccurately near the Rose Farm.
- Hunt, General Henry J. The Second Day at Gettysburg (CIVIL WAR REFERENCE WEBPAGE). Retrieved 2011-06-07.
Bigelow's 9th Massachusetts made a stand close by the Trostle house in the corner of the field through which he had retired fighting with prolonges fixed. Although already much cut up, he was directed by McGilvery to hold that point at all hazards until a line of artillery could be formed in front of the wood beyond Plum Run; that is, on what we have called the "Plum Run line." … the 21st Mississippi crossed the run from the neighborhood of the Trostle house, and drove out the men of Watson's battery ("I," 5th United States), on the extreme left of McGilvery's line
- Map of York & Adams Counties (Map). Cartography by D. Small. W. Wagner. 1821. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
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- "The National Map" (NHD VIEWER). National Hydrography Dataset. NationalMap.gov (USGS). Retrieved 2011-07-21.
- Cope, Emmor (1904). Blueprint 825 (Map). (shows "Lower Wheatfield Road")
- [satellite view] (GOOGLE MAPS) (Map). Retrieved tbd. Check date values in:
- Gettysburg National Military Park Commission. "An Introduction to the Annual Reports of the Gettysburg National Military Park Commission to the Secretary of War". The Gettysburg Commission Reports. Gettysburg, PA: War Department. "On September 9, 1907, a contract was made with M. & T. E. Farrell to grade and pike a portion of three additional public roads connecting avenues, viz: The Harrisburg road from the borough line of Gettysburg to Rock Creek bridge, 2,872 feet, 18 feet wide; the Emmitsburg road from the borough line to the peach orchard, 8,263 feet, 18 feet wide, and the Wheatfield road from Sedgwick avenue to Sickles avenue, 3,400 feet, 18 feet wide. This contract includes the draining and one large culvert over Plum Run."
- Perles, S. J., G. S. Podniesinski, W. A. Millinor, and L. A. Sneddon. (September 2006). Vegetation Classification and Mapping at GettysburgNational Military Park and Eisenhower National HistoricSite (PDF) (Report). National Park Service Northeast Region. p. 25. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
In the southcentral portion of Gettysburg National MilitaryPark, Heagy’s Woods Run joins Plum Run,