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

Benning's Brigade

Hood's Division - Longstreet's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Benning's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 8, 2008
1. Benning's Brigade Tablet
Inscription.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet's Corps Hood's Division
Benning's Brigade

2d. 15th. 17th. 20th. Georgia Infantry
July 2 Formed in line about 4 p.m. in rear of Law's and Robertson's Brigades and moving forward in support took active part in the conflict which resulted in the capture of the Devil's Den together with a number of prisoners and 3 guns of Smith's 4th New York Battery.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 47.47′ N, 77° 14.607′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Sickles Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located in the Devils Den section of 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. Confederate Sharpshooter? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Attack on Devil's Den (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robertson's Brigade (about 400 feet away); 4th New York Independent Battery (about 400 feet away); Devil's Den and the Slaughter Pen
Tablet at the turn of Sickles Avenue around the Devil's Den image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 8, 2008
2. Tablet at the turn of Sickles Avenue around the Devil's Den
(about 400 feet away); Smith's New York Battery (about 500 feet away); The Fight for Devil's Den (about 500 feet away); 99th Pennsylvania Infantry (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Benning's Brigade at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Devil's Den. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Report of Brig. Gen. Henry L. Benning. Benning summarized the conclusion of the fighting at the Devil's Den:
Indeed, to hold the ground we had appeared a difficult task. The shells of the enemy from the adjacent mountain were incessantly bursting along the summit of the peak, and every head that showed itself was the target for a Minie ball. Several attempts by flank movements were made to dislodge us, but by the gallantry of the regiments on the right and left they all failed. We held the position until late next day, when we were ordered back to the crest of the wooded hill from which we first saw the enemy on the clay before. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Advance of the 20th Georgia image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 8, 2008
3. Advance of the 20th Georgia
Looking from the rock formation just southwest of the tablet location, up Sickles Avenue. To the left is one leg of the Triangular Field. In the center, beyond the set of trees, is the location of Smith's Battery. The 20th Georgia charged up the slope from Triangular Field (exactly where the 1st Texans had first attacked) and were soon stalled by the 4rth Maine Infantry. To their left the 15th Georgia joined with the reformed 1st Texas in attacks on the center of Ward's Federal line.
 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Tough Going for the 2nd and 17th Georgia image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. Tough Going for the 2nd and 17th Georgia
Looking from a point along Plum Run to the south of the Devil's Den. The restroom building is visible in the center, beyond which rises Little Round Top. The right most two regiments of Benning's Brigade advanced up the rocky path of Plum Run to the south of the Devil's Den in an attempt to flank Ward's Federals. The terrain slowed their advance. Then the Georgians came under fire from a two gun section of Smith's Battery, posted further upstream along Plum Run. The arrival of 40th New York finally stopped the flank maneuver.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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