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

Early's Division

Second Army Corps


— Army of Northern Virginia —

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By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. Early's Division Tablet
Army of Northern Virginia
Second Army Corps
Early's Division
Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early
Hays's Brigade Brig. Gen. Harry T. Hays
Smith's Brigade Brig. Gen. William Smith
Hoke's Brigade Col. Isaac E. Avery, Col. A.C. Godwin
Gordon's Brigade Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon
Artillery Battalion, Four Batteries, Lieut. Col. H.P. Jones

July 1 The Division arrived about noon within two miles of Gettysburg by Harrisburg Road. Formed line across road north of Rock Creek. Gordon's Brigade ordered to support a Brigade of Rodes's Division engaged with a Division of Eleventh Corps which had advanced to wooded hill in front of town. The remainder of the Division was ordered forward as Gordon's Brigade was engaged. After a short and severe contest the Union troops were forced through town losing many prisoners. Later in the day Gordon's Brigade ordered to the York road in support of Smith's Brigade. Hays's and Hoke's Brigades occupied the town.

July 2 In the early morning Hays's and Hoke's Brigades took position to front and left of town. Gordon's Brigade in reserve moved to rear of the Brigades. Smith's
Early's Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
2. Early's Division Tablet
The tablet is located next to the gate to East Confederate Avenue.
Brigade remained on York Road. The Division was held in this position until nearly dusk when Hays's and Hoke's Brigades advanced on Cemetery Hill. The Brigades reached the crest of hill but not being supported on the right were forced to retire. Gordon's Brigade advanced to support the attack.

July 3 At daylight Smith's Brigade was ordered to support of Johnson's Division on the left. Hays's and Hoke's Brigades formed line in town holding the position of previous day. Gordon's Brigade held the line of the day before. The Division not further engaged.

July 4 In the morning the Division was withdrawn to Cashtown Road to west of town

Casualties killed 156, wounded 806, missing 226, Total 1188
Erected 1909 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 49.743′ N, 77° 13.595′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of East Confederate Avenue and Legion Alley East Road, on the left when traveling south on East Confederate Avenue. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Middle School, in the Gettysburg National Military Park. 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
General Jubal Early image. Click for full size.
3. General Jubal Early
Early later commanded a corps in the summer of 1864. He is best known for his campaign that year in the Shenandoah Valley, which included a daring raid toward Washington, D.C.
this marker. Hays's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon's Brigade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hoke's Brigade (about 500 feet away); “ . . . in less than half an hour . . . ” (about 700 feet away); Pioneer Organizers of Methodism in Adams County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. James Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); “bullets . . . rattling against our hospital . . . ” (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .
1. Report of Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early. General Early summarized the activity of his division:
My loss in the three days' fighting at Gettysburg was 158 killed, 796 wounded, and 227 missing, a large proportion of the missing being, in all probability, killed or wounded. The enemy's loss at the points where the three brigades of Gordon, Hays, and Hoke were engaged far exceeded my loss, and a very large number of prisoners were secured. (Submitted on November 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Early's Division. "The Civil War in the East" entry. (Submitted on May 23, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 956 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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