Garnett’s Brigade Monument

Garnett’s Brigade of Pickett’s Division of Longstreet’s First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia is honored by a monument.

garnett's brigade Gettysburg September 2010

Dedicated: December 19, 1910.

Location: Located on West side of West Confederate Avenue at Spangler Woods, south of Virginia State Memorial.

Description: One of 64 Confederate brigade monuments.  Monolith consisting of polished smooth red Maine granite pedestal with a circular base. On each pedestal is mounted a bronze inscription tablet describing the movements and actions of the unit. Erected by the U.S. War Department and designed by E.B. Cope. They indicate the general location of the centers of the various Confederate brigades and artillery battalions during several phases of the battle. Bronze from melted Civil War cannons was used to create many of the inscription tablets.

Inscription:

C. S. A.
ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
LONGSTREET’S CORPS PICKETT’S DIVISION
GARNETT’S BRIGADE
8th 18th 19th 28th 56th Virginia Infantry

July2. Arrived about sunset and bivouacked on the western border of Spangler’s Woods.

July 3. In the forenoon formed line on Kemper’s left in the field east of the woods. At the cessation of the cannonade advanced and took part in Longstreet’s assault on the Union position in the vicinity of the Angle. This advance was made in good order under a storm of shells and grape and a deadly fire of musketry after passing the Emmitsburg Road. The lines were much broken in crossing the post and rail fences on both sides of that road but with shattered ranks the Brigade pushed on and took part in the final struggle at the Angle. Gen. R. B. Garnett fell dead from his saddle in front of the stone wall.

July 4. Spent the day in reorganization and during the night began the march to Hagerstown.

Present 1480 Killed 78 Wounded 324 Missing 539 Total 941

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