Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
General Rodes Attacks
“Finding that the enemy was rash enough to come out of the woods to attack me. I determined to meet him…”
Maj. Gen. Robert E. Rodes. C.S.A Rodes Division Second Corps.
At midday on July 1, after a lull in the fighting, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Rodes took position on this hill north of Gettysburg with 8,000 Confederates. Other Confederate divisions were converging on the town from your right and left. The closest Union troops were on Oak Ridge about 1/3-mile in front of you.
The thunder of Southern cannon positioned here signaled the beginning of the attack. Following the cannonade, Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson’s North Carolina Brigade advanced with other Confederates against Oak Ridge. As Iverson neared the ridge, Federals concealed behind a stone wall rose up and raked the North Carolinians with murderous fire. More than half then 1,470 Confederates engaged were killed, wounded, or captured.
Rodes then regrouped and renewed the attack, brining more Confederate troops into battle. By 4:00 p.m., despite heavy losses, the Confederates had pushed the Federals back to the streets of Gettysburg.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 50.895′ N, 77° 14.599′ W. Touch for map. Marker is located approximately 300 feet off road on battlefield path 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. Eternal Peace Light Memorial (here, next to this marker); Rodes's Division (a few steps from this marker); The Orange Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Eternal Peace Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Iverson's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Carter's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); The King William Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. The upper portion of the marker contains a photograph with numbered points of interest, recreated with photo 2 of this entry. A portrait of Maj. Gen. Robert E. Rodes is caption, [he]commanded the largest division in the Confederate army - 8,000 officers and men. 2,000 of these were lost on the fields in front of you on the first day of the battle. A map on the lower right details Infantry
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Oak Hill markers and memorials.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 2,116 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 17, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. 2. submitted on June 10, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 21, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 17, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.