“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Garnett's Brigade

Pickett's Division - Longstreet's Corps


—Army of Northern Virginia —

Garnett's Brigade Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
1. Garnett's Brigade Tablet
Army of Northern Virginia
Longsteet's Corps Pickett's Division
Garnett's Brigade

8th. 18th. 19th. 28th. 56th. Virginia Infantry

July 2 Arrived about sunset and bivouacked on the western border of Spangler's Woods.

July 3 In the forenoon formed line on Kemper's left in the field east of the woods. At the cessation of the cannonade advanced and took part in Longstreet's assault on the Union position in the vicinity of the Angle. This advance was made in good order. Under a storm of shells and grape and a deadly fire of musketry after passing the Emmitsburg Road. The lines were much broken in crossing the post and rail fences on both sides of that road but with shattered ranks the Brigade pushed on and took part in the final struggle at the Angle. Gen. R. B. Garnett fell dead from his saddle in front of the stone wall.

July 4 Spent the day in reorganization and during the night began the march to Hagerstown.

Present 1480. Killed 78, wounded 324, missing 539. Total 941.
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Location. 39° 48.817′ N, 77° 15.069′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate
Garnett's Brigade Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
2. Garnett's Brigade Tablet
Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in Spangler's Woods, south of the Virginia State Memorial (Driving Tour Stop 5) on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park. 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. Pickett's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Army of Northern Virginia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pickett's Charge (about 300 feet away); Virginia Memorial (about 300 feet away); Armistead's Brigade (about 300 feet away); Posey's Brigade (about 400 feet away); Ward's Battery - Poague's Battalion (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .
1. The Field of Pickett's Charge. A National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on September 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Official Report of the Brigade. With Garnett killed in the charge, Major Charles S. Peyton, the Brigade's Adjutant wrote the official return. Of Garnett's performance, Peyton wrote:
There was scarcely an officer or man in the command whose attention was not attracted by the cool and handsome bearing of General Garnett, who, totally devoid
Garnett's Brigade Staging Area Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
3. Garnett's Brigade Staging Area
When preparing for the great charge, Garnett's Brigade formed in the open fields south of Woolfolk's guns, near the Spangler House. From this point, the infantry advanced across the open fields toward Cemetery Ridge with some elements of the Brigade reaching the wall at the Angle.
of excitement or rashness, rode immediately in rear of his advancing line, endeavoring by his personal efforts, and by the aid of his staff, to keep his line well closed and dressed. He was shot from his horse while near the center of the brigade, within about 25 paces of the stone wall. This gallant officer was too well known to need further mention.
(Submitted on September 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. General Garnett and His Virginians. Being lame from a fall, Garnett rode his horse during the charge, making him a rather large target for the Federal defenders. Some say he insisted on riding through this hail of bullets and shells in order to refute some charges of cowardice made the previous year. (Submitted on September 30, 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 997 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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