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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lieut. General James Longstreet

1st Corps Headquarters

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Lieut. General James Longstreet Headquarters Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
1. Lieut. General James Longstreet Headquarters Monument
The upright cannon is a 12-pounder Napoleon of Confederate manufacture. The piece was made at the Columbus Arsenal, Columbus, Georgia in 1863.
Inscription.
Army of Northern Virginia
1st Corps Headquarters
Lieut. General
James Longstreet

—————
Division
Major Genl. Lafayette McLaws
Major Genl. George E. Pickett
Major Genl. John B. Hood
July 1,2,3,4,5. 1863

These Headquarters were located at a
school house 900 yards westerly

 
Erected 1920 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 48′ N, 77° 15.384′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of West Confederate Avenue and Millerstown Road, on the right when traveling south on West Confederate Avenue. Click for map. Located near stop six (Pitzer Woods) of the driving tour of Gettysburg National Military Park, just opposite of the Longstreet Observation tower. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Longstreet Tower - South View (within shouting distance of this marker); Longstreet Tower - East View (within shouting distance of this marker);
Close Up of the Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
2. Close Up of the Inscription
The Ashland Virginia Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bedford Virginia Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); McLaws's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Parker's Battery - Alexander's Battalion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carlton's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Longstreet at Gettysburg. Site provides three sections from Longstreet's personal account of the battle of Gettysburg, written many years after the war. (Submitted on August 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Longstreet's Headquarters. Virtual tour stop from the Gettysburg National Military Park. (Submitted on August 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Longstreet's Headquarters. Detailed discussion as to the location of the headquarters. More likely than not, the inscription of this marker is in error. Longstreet did not occupy a fixed headquarters on July 1 or 2, and was definitely away from Gettysburg on July 5. A schoolhouse described as the headquarters
Longstreet Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
3. Longstreet Headquarters Marker
location is not, in fact, a wartime structure. (Submitted on December 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Site of Headquarters
The citation on the monument would place the location of the headquarters to the west on the present day Eisenhower National Historic Site. Often cited is a small white building known as Pitzer's Schoolhouse or woodshed. However, historians today dispute the accuracy of that claim. More likely, Longstreet
    — Submitted August 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,313 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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