|The War Department tower at the east end of Bloody Lane was built in 1897 to provide |
a panoramic view of the battlefield. (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)
|The Irish Brigade monument, dedicated in 1997, and the War Department tower at Bloody Lane.|
|Tablets on the ledge of the tower note battlefield|
landmarks. They were made from an old cannon tube.
"The observation tower at ... 'Bloody Lane' is a great help to the proper view of the field and should be visited by all," the Altoona (Pa.) Tribune noted on Sept. 21, 1903.
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Early on a frosty Wednesday morning, only one visitor enjoyed the panoramic view from the tower. (Insert guess here.) Here's what you missed.
|Inside the tower, a warning ... and a wreath left to honor the Irish Brigade.|
|The iron steps leading up to the observation deck.|
|On a fall morning, the tower casts a lengthy shadow in William Roulette's field. The Irish Brigade|
attacked from right to left here on Sept. 17, 1862. To the left, Bloody Lane.
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-- Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 7, 1897