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

Fourth Alabama Infantry - Law's Brigade

Hood's Division - Longstreet's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Fourth Alabama Infantry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. Fourth Alabama Infantry Marker
While the format is similar to the War Department Tablets placed by the Battlefield Commission, this marker has a distinctly decorative border.
Inscription.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet's Corps Hood's Division
Law's Brigade
Fourth Alabama Infantry

July 2 Left New Guilford 25 miles distant at 3 a.m. arrived here and formed line about 4 p.m. and under fire from Smith's Union Battery on rocky ridge and the sharpshooters in Plum Run Valley. Advanced at once against the Union position on Little Round Top. The regiment encountered the 83d Penna. and right wing of the 20th Maine. The conflict lasted until night-fall.

July 3 Occupied breastwork on western slope of Round Top with firing on skirmish line. At 5 p.m. intercepted near the Slyder House and aided in repulsing the Union cavalry under Brig.-Gen. Farnsworth and pursued it into the forest south of the valley. About 11 p.m. the regiment under orders resumed position near here and lay inactive the next day and night.

July 5 About 5 a.m. began the march to Hagerstown.

Present officers and men about 275. Killed and wounded 87.
 
Erected 1904.
 
Location. 39° 47.223′ N, 77° 15.253′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on South Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the Warfield
Fourth Alabama Infantry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Fourth Alabama Infantry Marker
The tablet for Law's Brigade and the Alabama Memorial are further south on the road.
Ridge 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. Law's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Garden's Battery - Henry's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Alabamians! (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry's Battalion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benning's Brigade (about 500 feet away); Reilly's Battery - Henry's Battalion (about 600 feet away); Gettysburg Campaign (about 600 feet away); Bachman's Battery - Henry's Battalion (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Warfield Ridge. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 4th Alabama Infantry. Short history of the regiment. (Submitted on January 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Slyder Barn Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Slyder Barn
The 4th Alabama would pass to the south of the Slyder Farm, before turning northeast into the "Devil's Kitchen." This placed the regiment on the south side of Little Round Top.
The 4th Alabama's Advance Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
4. The 4th Alabama's Advance
Looking south, down the slope of Little Round Top. The intersection of Warren and Sykes Avenues is in the upper left of frame. In the far center is the Law Brigade tablet beside Warren Avenue. The 4th Alabama, with the 5th Texas on their left, struggled up the slopes here. A metal post in the foreground, just in front of the stone breastworks, is all that remains of a marker to either the 18th or 22nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (likely the 18th). Both were broken off many years ago.
Fourth Alabama and Farnsworth's Charge Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
5. Fourth Alabama and Farnsworth's Charge
Looking up the horse trail, just east of the Slyder Farm. On July 3, in this vicinity one of Farnsworth's troopers captured the 4th Alabama's flank guidon. The 4th Alabama had reversed their line to confront the Federal Cavalry which had made an ill-timed charge through some of the roughest ground on the battlefield.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,053 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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