Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Early's Division - Ewell's Corps
—Army of Northern Virginia —
Army of Northern Virginia
Ewell's Corps Early's Division
6th. 21st. 57th. North Carolina Infantry
July 1 Advanced at 3 p.m. with Hays's Brigade flanked Eleventh Corps aided in taking two guns repulsed First Brigade Second Division and captured many prisoners. Late in the evening took position here.
July 2 Skirmished all day and at 8 p.m. with Hays's Brigade charged East Cemetery Hill. Severely enfiladed on the left by artillery and musketry it pushed on over infantry line in front scaled the Hill planted its colors on the lunettes and captured several guns. But assailed by fresh forces and having no supports it was soon compelled to relinquish what it had gained and withdrew. Its commander Col. Isaac E. Avery was mortally wounded leading the charge.
July 3 Ordered to railroad cut in rear and later to High Street in town.
July 4 At 2 a.m. moved to Seminary Ridge. After midnight began the march to Hagerstown.
Present about 900. Killed 35, wounded 216, missing 94. Total 345.
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Location. 39° 49.678′ N, 77° 13.536′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County Click for map. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Middle School, in the 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. Gordon's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Hays's Brigade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early's Division (about 500 feet away); Culp's Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); “ . . . in less than half an hour . . . ” (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Adams County Prison (approx. 0.2 miles away); “bullets . . . rattling against our hospital . . . ” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Public School (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .
1. East Cemetery Hill. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on November 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Report of Col. Archibald C. Godwin. Col. Godwin, who succeeded Col. Avery, wrote of the assault on East Cemetery Hill:
As soon as the summit of the hill was gained, it was discovered that the batteries which we had been ordered to take were in front of Hays' brigade, and considerably to the right of our right flank. We continued to advance, however, under (Submitted on November 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Cemetery Hill and Col. Avery. Article discussing the action on East Cemetery Hill. (Submitted on November 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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