Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Army Corps
—Army of Northern Virginia —
Army of Northern Virginia
First Army Corps
McLaws's Division Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws
Kershaw's Brigade Brig. Gen. J.B. Kershaw
Barksdale's Brigade Brig. Gen. William Barksdale, Col. B.G. Humphreys
Semmes's Brigade Brig. Gen. P.J. Semmes, Col. George Bryan
Wofford's Brigade Brig. Gen. W.T. Wofford
Artillery Battalion, Four Batteries, Col. H.C. Cabell
July 1 The Division reached Marsh Creek four miles from Gettysburg after dark.
July 2 The Division was placed in position facing the Union line on the Emmitsburg Road. About 4 p.m. the Batteries opened on the position the Division pressing to the front and the Union troops retiring to the hill in rear. The battle continued until nearly night when a strong Union force met the supporting Division which was co-operating on the left and drove one Brigade back and checked the support of the other Brigade exposing the left. It was thought prudent not to push farther until other troops of the Corps came up. The Division was withdrawn to the first position of Union troops resisting at the Peach Orchard the conflict to be renewed in the morning when other orders were received.
July 3 With the exception of severe skirmishing the Division was not engaged and after night dispositions were made to withdraw.
July 4 The Division
Casualties killed 313, wounded 1538, captured or missing 327. Total 2178.
Erected 1907 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Location. 39° 47.959′ N, 77° 15.369′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located just south of the Longstreet Observation tower in Gettysburg National Military Park. 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. Carlton's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ashland Virginia Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Longstreet Tower - South View (within shouting distance of this marker); Semmes's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); President Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Longstreet Tower - East View (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieut. General James Longstreet (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .
1. Longstreet's Headquarters. A National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on October 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. The Battle of the Wheatfield at Gettysburg. Three of the four brigades of McLaws' Division were engaged in the contest to control the Wheatfield. (Submitted on October 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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