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

Archer's Brigade

Heth's Division - Hill's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Archer's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. Archer's Brigade Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Hill's Corps Heth's Division
Archer's Brigade

5th. Battalion and 13th. Alabama
1st. 7th. 14th. Tennessee Infantry

July 1 Reached the field in the morning. The Battalion was ordered to watch Cavalry on the right. The four Regiments advancing into Reynolds Woods were met and flanked by the 1st Brigade 1st Division First Corps and fell back across the Run losing 75 prisoners including Brig. General Archer.

July 2 In the evening marched from the Woods west of Willoughby Run and took position here.

July 3 In Longstreet's assault was the right Brigade of Pettigrew's Division. Advanced to the stone wall at the Angle and some of the men leaped over it. Had 13 color bearers shot 4 of them at the wall. Lost 4 of the 5 flags and 5 of the 7 field officers with company officers and men in nearly the same proportion.

July 4 After night withdrew and began the march to Hagerstown.

Present 1048. Killed and wounded 160, missing 517. Total 677.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 49.015′ N, 77° 14.932′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate
Archer's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Archer's Brigade Tablet
Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park, near the Tennessee State Memorial. 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. Poague's Battalion (a few steps from this marker); Wyatt's Battery - Poague's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Mahone's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pettigrew's Brigade (about 300 feet away); Tennessee (about 400 feet away); Lieut. General Ambrose P. Hill (about 400 feet away); Graham's Battery - Poague's Battalion (about 500 feet away); Davis's Brigade (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Report of Archer's Brigade at Gettysburg. With General Archer captured on July 1, and his replacement Col. Birkett D. Fry captured on July 3, the command fell to Col. S. G. Shepard of the Seventh Tennessee Infantry. Shepard wrote that during the July 3rd assault, Every flag in the brigade excepting one was captured at or within the works of the enemy. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Field of Longstreet's Assault. A National Park Service virtual
Archer's Brigade in Longstreet's Assault image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. Archer's Brigade in Longstreet's Assault
On July 3, Archer's Brigade formed the right flank of Heth's Division (commanded at the time by Pettigrew). Col. Birkett D. Fry commanded the Brigade at the time. Their advance was across the open field here, directed on the Federal positions on the high ground of Cemetery Ridge. Elements of the Brigade did reach the stone wall, just forward of where the equestrian statue of General Meade is presently located, just left of center in this photo.
tour stop. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Section of Stone Wall on Cemetery Ridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
4. Section of Stone Wall on Cemetery Ridge
Looking northwest from Cemetery Ridge toward the Confederate lines of July 3. Elements of Archer's Brigade reached the stone wall near this point before the overwhelming firepower of the Federals forced a withdrawal. The tree line from which the photo above was taken is in the far distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 930 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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