Ewell’s Corps, Army of Northern Virginia Monument

The Monument to Ewell’s Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.

Monument to Ewell's Brigade on North Confederate Avenue.  Ewell's Corps Monument Gettysburg December 2011

Dedicated: December 1906.

Location: Located on North Confederate Avenue, north of Mummasburg Road, south of the Peace Memorial.

Description: A rectangular granite monument, with a large bronze tablets thereon, describing the engagements and movements of each army corps. Rock-faced granite monolith, 4’2″x2″, 7′ high, with bronze narrative tablet mounted on obverse polished face. Erected by the United States War Department.

Inscription:

ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
SECOND ARMY CORPS
Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell

Early’s Division Major General Jubal A. Early
Johnson’s Division Major General Edward Johnson
Rodes’s Division Major General R. E. Rodes
Artillery Reserve
Eight Batteries Colonel J. Thompson

July 1.The Corps occupied the left of the Confederate line and reached the field in the following order Rodes’s Division by Newville Road about noon and deploying along Oak Ridge soon became engaged Early’s Division on the Harrisburg Road about 1 P. M. and united with Rodes’s left in an attack on the First and Eleventh Corps Union troops and drove them through the town to Cemetery Ridge. Johnson’s Division reached the field about night and not engaged late in the night moved along the railroad and took position on the left of Corps and northeast of town.

July 2. In the early morning Johnson’s Division was ordered to take possession of a wooded hill on the left. Skirmishers were advanced and a desultory fire kept up until 4 P. M. when the artillery from Benner’s Hill opened the firing continued for two hours. The batteries were withdrawn much crippled. The Division about dusk was advanced to the assault in connection with Early’s Division on the right the battle continuing until after dark. A partial success was made by a portion of each division but not being supported on the right was withdrawn to the former positions.

July 3. Early in the morning an attack was made by Johnson’s Division having been reinforced by three brigades from the Corps two other assaults were made but failed. Early’s Division was withdrawn and occupied its former position in the town and not engaged. At night the Corps fell back to the range of hills west of the town.

July 4. The Corps took up line of march during the night.

Casualties Killed 809 Wounded 3823 Missing 1305 Total 5937

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