Archer’s Brigade Monument (First Day)

Archer’s Brigade of Heth’s Division of A.P. Hill’s Third Corps, Army of Northern Virginia is honored by a monument and an advanced position tablet.

Archer's Brigade Monument. duplicate (20253) duplicate (20252) Gettysburg April 2011

Location: West side of Meredith Avenue, Reynolds Woods.

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
HILLS CORPS HETH’S DIVISION
ARCHER’S BRIGADE
5th Battalion and 13th Alabama 1st 7th 14th Tennessee Infantry

July 1. The Brigade moved from Cashtown early in the morning towards Gettysburg. After a march of six miles came in view of the Union forces. The Brigade was deployed on the west side of Willoughby Run and about 10 A. M. advanced encountered 1st Brigade First Division beyond the run. The firing continued for a short time when a large force appearing on the right flank and opening a cross fire the position became untenable the Brigade was forced back across the run but advanced with the Division later in the day. The advance in the morning reached this position.

July 2. Not engaged.

July 3. Formed part of the column of Longstreet’s assault.

July 4. The Brigade took up the line of march during the night to Hagerstown.

 

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