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Cumberland Township near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Heth's Division

Third Army Corps

— Army of Northern Virginia —

 
 
Heth's Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. Heth's Division Tablet
Inscription.  
C.S.A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Third Army Corps
Heth's Division Major Gen. Henry Heth

Brig. Gen. J.J. Pettigrew

First Brigade - Brig. Gen. J.J. Pettigrew, Col. J.K. Marshall
Second Brigade - Col. J. M. Brockenbrough
Third Brigade - Brig. Gen. James A. Archer, Col. B.D. Fry, Col. S.G. Shepard
Fourth Brigade - Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Davis
Artillery Battalion - four batteries - Lieut. Col. John J. Garnett

July 1. The Division moved at 5 a.m. from Cashtown toward Gettysburg about 3 miles from town the advance met the Union forces. Archer's and Davis's Brigades moved forward on the right and left of the turnpike were soon engaged. The Brigades were forced to retired with heavy loss. After resting for an hour the Division was advanced in line of battle to the right of the pike and met with stubborn resistance. Rodes's Division Second Corps appeared on the left and formed a line at right angles. The Union troops retired to a wooded hill in the rear and finally gave way. The Division bivouacked on the ground won.

July 2. The Division in the morning was relieved by Anderson and held in
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July 3. The Division occupied the position of the day before and was ordered to report to Lieut. Gen. Longstreet to unite in the attack on the Union centre. The assault was made and failed. The Division returned to its former position.

July 4. At night the Division took up the line of march.

Casualties, killed 411, wounded 1905, missing 324. Total 2630.
 
Erected 1909 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1850.
 
Location. 39° 49.117′ N, 77° 14.867′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. It is in Cumberland Township. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Located on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park, near the North Carolina State Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); Lane's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Wingfield's Battery - Lane's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); The War for Memory (within shouting distance of this marker); Davis's Brigade
Heth's Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Heth's Division Tablet
(within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); Graham's Battery - Poague's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieut. General Ambrose P. Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  Heth's Report of the Campaign. Shotgun's Civil War Home website entry:
As Heth was wounded on the first day of battle, command was passed to General Pettigrew, who led the Division through the following days. Heth returned to command as the Army was crossing the Potomac, and played a role in the actions around Falling Waters, West Virginia. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
The Division's July 3 Assault image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. The Division's July 3 Assault
Under Pettigrew, the Division advanced across the open ground toward the Federal positions on the high ground of Cemetery Ridge in the distance. The Division was directed toward the ridge line between the Bryan house (on the left) and an angle in a stone wall on the ridge line. That angle is just in front of the equestrian statue of General Meade, which stands in the distant center in this photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 958 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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