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Semmes's Brigade

McLaws's Division - Longstreet's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Semmes's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
1. Semmes's Brigade Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet's Corps McLaws's Division
Semmes's Brigade

10th. 50th. 51st. 53rd. Georgia Infantry

July 2 Arrived about 3.30 p.m. and formed line 50 yards west of this. Advanced about 5 p.m. in support of Kershaw and Anderson and took a prominent part in the severe and protracted conflict on Rose Hill and in the ravine and forest east of there and in the vicinity of the Loop. Participated also in the general advanced late in the evening by which the Union forces were forced out of the Wheatfield and across Plum Run Valley. Brig.-Gen. Paul J. Semmes fell mortally wounded in the ravine near the loop.

July 3 During the forenoon Anderson's Brigade being withdrawn for duty elsewhere the Brigade was left in occupancy of the woodland south of the Wheatfield. At 1 p.m. under orders it resumed its original position near here.

July 4 About midnight began the march to Hagerstown, Md.

Present about 1200. Losses 430.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 47.923′ N, 77° 15.358′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling
Semmes's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
2. Semmes's Brigade Tablet
The tablet stands near the starting point for the regiment's advance on July 2.
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. Georgia (a few steps from this marker); Kershaw's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Carlton's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Manly's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); McLaws's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); South Carolina (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ashland Virginia Artillery (about 400 feet away); Longstreet Tower - South View (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Semmes' Brigade at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Wheatfield. A National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Semmes's Frock Coat image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
3. Semmes's Frock Coat
One of the many artifacts on display in the Gettysburg Visitor Center Museum is this coat worn by General Semmes on July 2. The coat still bears the bloodstains of the wound.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 918 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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