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

Ewell's Corps

Army of Northern Virginia

 
 
Ewell's Corps Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
1. Ewell's Corps Tablet
The tablet was removed for maintenance in 2008 and restored in the winter of 2009.
Inscription.
Army of Northern Virginia
Ewell's Corps
Rodes's Early's and Johnson's Divisions

July 4 Having withdrawn under orders from its previous positions the Corps formed line about daybreak on this ridge with its right a short distance south of the Hagerstown Road its left near the Mummasburg Road and its center near here. Rodes was on the right Johnson on the left and Early on a supporting line in their rear. The breastwork of stone here and the old earthworks beyond the railroad are remains of defenses then thrown up and indicate the position of the front line.

July 5 The three Divisions left here at different hours but all were on the march to Hagerstown early in the morning of this day.
 
Erected 1909 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 50.039′ N, 77° 14.694′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Seminary Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on Seminary Ridge in the Lutheran Theological Seminary, adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Prisoners of War (a few steps
Ewell's Corps Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
2. Ewell's Corps Marker
from this marker); Elsie Singmaster (within shouting distance of this marker); This Breastwork (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevens' Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 95th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Habitat of Seminary Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Civilians on Seminary Ridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia (about 400 feet away); The Confederate Assault (about 500 feet away); Highway Headquarters (about 500 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  Report of Lieut. Gen. Richard S. Ewell. Ewell described the start of the retreat from Gettysburg in his official report:
By order of the commanding general, the Third Corps was to move at dark on July 4, and the First to follow with the prisoners, mine being rear guard. Next day the Third
Ewell's Corps Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
3. Ewell's Corps Tablet
was to take the rear, &c.

At 10 a.m. on the 5th, the other corps were not all in the road, and, consequently, mine did not take up its march till near noon, and only reached Fairfield at 4 p.m. Here the enemy, who had been threatening our rear and occasionally opening a fire of artillery on the rear guard (Gordon's brigade, of Early's division), showed more boldness in attacking, throwing out a line of skirmishers over a mile in length. They were repulsed, and a battery which was shelling our column driven off.
(Submitted on April 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Ewell's Corps Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
4. Ewell's Corps Marker
Stone Wall Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
5. Stone Wall
A stone wall on the Seminary has replaced the earthworks erected during the battle.
Three Confederate Prisoners image, Click for more information
6. Three Confederate Prisoners
One of the most famous photos of the Civil War was taken a few yards from the tablet location. These three Confederate prisoners, likely from Ewell's Division, were photographed standing next to some of the breastworks mentioned on the tablet.

(Photo Source: Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0207)
Click for more information.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 717 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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