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

Davis's Brigade

Heth's Division - Hill's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Davis's Brigade Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
1. Davis's Brigade Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Hill's Corps Heth's Division
Davis's Brigade

2nd. 11th. 42nd. Mississippi
55th. North Carolina Infantry

July 1 Formed west of Herr's Tavern crossed Willoughby Run about 10 a.m. Advanced in line and soon encountered artillery supported by 2nd Brigade 1st Division First Corps. The engagement was stubborn. The advance was made to the railroad cut after a short interval the attack was renewed at the cut and the Brigade was forced back losing many killed and wounded. A large force advancing on the right and rear opening a heavy flank fire the order was given to retire. About 3 p.m. the Brigade again moved forward with the Division and reached the suburbs of the town. The Brigade in the advance in the morning reached the railroad cut.

July 2 Not engaged.

July 3 Formed part of the column of Longstreet's assault.

July 4 The Brigade took up the line of march during the night to Hagerstown.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 50.3′ N, 77° 14.87′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Reynolds Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map.
Davis's Brigade Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
2. Davis's Brigade Marker
Located north of the Second Railroad Cut 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. Brevet Major General James Samuel Wadsworth (a few steps from this marker); Trapped in the Cut (a few steps from this marker); 147th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 3rd Indiana Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); 56th Pennsylvania Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); M.O.L.L.U.S. Memorial (about 300 feet away); 14th Regiment New York State Militia (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named M.O.L.L.U.S. Memorial (about 300 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. Davis's Brigade Tablets at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Railroad Cut. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Reports of Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Davis. Gen. Davis described the advance of his brigade in his official report:
The line of skirmishers advanced, and the brigade moved
Davis's Brigade Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
3. Davis's Brigade Marker
forward about 1 mile, driving in the enemy's skirmishers, and came within range of his line of battle, which was drawn up on a high hill in a field a short distance in front of a railroad cut. The engagement soon became very warm. After a short contest, the order was given to charge, and promptly obeyed. The enemy made a stubborn resistance, and stood until our men were within a few yards, and then gave way, and fled in much confusion, but rallied near the railroad, where he again made a stand, and, after desperate fighting, with heavy loss on both sides, he fled in great disorder toward the town, leaving us in possession of his commanding position and batteries.
(Submitted on January 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Davis's Brigade Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
4. Davis's Brigade Tablet
Davis's Brigade Marker<br>Looking South Along Reynolds Avenue Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
5. Davis's Brigade Marker
Looking South Along Reynolds Avenue
Advance of Davis' Brigade Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 13, 2007
6. Advance of Davis' Brigade
Looking at the Second Railroad Cut from a point northwest of the tablet location. Davis' Brigade advanced from in this direction against what was at that time the right flank of the Federal infantry line. The Federals of Cutler's Brigade were just then deploying north of the railroad bed. Davis' Brigade was arrayed from left to right - 55th North Carolina, 2nd Mississippi, and 42nd Mississippi.
Davis' Brigade in the Cut Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
7. Davis' Brigade in the Cut
Looking from the Second Railroad Cut bridge to the southwest (toward Gettysburg). The 2nd Mississippi and 55th North Carolina reached the railroad bed. Davis' men were stopped by the reforming regiments of Cutler's Brigade and other Federals advancing from the south. At the furthest point, the 55th North Carolina early reached the Third Railroad Cut beside the tree line in the upper left of this photo. The 2nd Mississippi then defended in the railroad bed in the center of this photo.
Davis Falls Back Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
8. Davis Falls Back
Looking west from the Second Railroad Cut bridge. The first railroad cut is along the rise in the center. As the Federals boxed in Davis' men in the railroad bed, they withdrew across the fields to the right of this view.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 858 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on July 17, 2016.
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