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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.
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 reserve.

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
Heth's Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Heth's Division Tablet
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.
 
Location. 39° 49.117′ N, 77° 14.867′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park, near the North Carolina 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. 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); Confederate Line of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Davis's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); Graham's Battery - Poague's Battalion
The Division's July 3 Assault image. Click for full size.
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.
(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 . . .
1. Heth's Report of the Campaign. 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.) 

2. Pettigrew's Account. Pettigrew's official report details the Division's participation in Longstreet's Assault of the 3rd Day:
When about half across the intervening space, the enemy opened on us a most destructive fire of grape and canister. When within about 250 or 300 yards of the stone wall behind which the enemy was posted, we were met with a perfect hail-storm of lead from their small-arms. The brigade dashed on, and many had reached the wall, when we received a deadly volley from the left. The whole line on the left had given way, and we were being rapidly flanked. With our thinned ranks and in such a position, it would have been folly to stand, and against such odds. We therefore fell back to our original position in rear of the batteries. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. The Field of Longstreet's Assault. A National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 803 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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