Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Army of Northern Virginia
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July 4 Having withdrawn under orders from its previous positions the Corps formed line about daybreak on this ridge with its right a short distance south of the Hagerstown Road its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 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); Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (about 400 feet away). 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.
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.)
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