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

Hays's Brigade

Early's Division - Ewell's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Hays's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. Hays's Brigade Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Ewell's Corps Early's Division
Hays's Brigade

5th. 6th. 7th. 8th. 9th. Louisiana Infantry

July 1 Advanced at 3 p.m. with Hoke's Brigade flanked Eleventh Corps aided in taking guns pursued retreating Union troops into town capturing many and late in evening halted on East High St.

July 2 Moved forward early into the low ground here with its right flank resting on Baltimore St. and skirmished all day. At 8 p.m. with Hoke's Brigade charged East Cemetery Hill. Enfiladed by Artillery and exposed to musketry fire in front it pushed forward over all obstacles scaled the Hill and planted its colors on the lunettes capturing several guns. Assailed by fresh troops and with no supports it was forced to retire but brought off 75 prisoners and 4 stands of colors.

July 3 Occupied a position on High St. in the town.

July 4 At 2 a.m. moved to Seminary Ridge. After midnight began the march to Hagerstown.

Present about 1200. Killed 36, wounded 201, missing 95. Total 332.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 49.725′ N, 77° 13.58′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker
Hays's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
2. Hays's Brigade Tablet
is on East Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Middle School, in the 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. Early's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Hoke's Brigade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); “ . . . in less than half an hour . . . ” (about 800 feet away); Pioneer Organizers of Methodism in Adams County (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Adams County Prison (approx. 0.2 miles away); “bullets . . . rattling against our hospital . . . ” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. East Cemetery Hill. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on November 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Reports of Brig. Gen. Harry T. Hays. Hays described the assault on East Cemetery Hill in his official report:
Here we came upon a considerable body of the enemy, and a brisk musketry fire ensued; at the same time his artillery, of which we were now within canister range, opened
Hays' Brigade Position, Early Afternoon of July 2 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
3. Hays' Brigade Position, Early Afternoon of July 2
Early in the afternoon of July 2, while waiting for the order to advance, Hays' Brigade was arrayed across what is today the Gettysburg Middle School. The ground has changed significantly since the battle. Hays' left flank was roughly in the center of this open area at the north end of the school complex. The right flank was anchored on the Baltimore Street. Thus the frontage of the Brigade was along present day Leefver Street.
upon us, but owing to the darkness of the evening, now verging into night, and the deep obscurity afforded by the smoke of the firing, our exact locality could not be discovered by the enemy's gunners, and we thus escaped what in the full light of day could have been nothing else than horrible slaughter.
(Submitted on November 11, 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 November 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 806 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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