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43rd North Carolina Infantry Regiment

The monument to the 43rd North Carolina Infantry Regiment is southeast of Gettysburg on East Confederate Avenue. (39.818568° N, 77.215501° W; map)

 

 

From the monument:

Forty-third
North Carolina Regiment
Daniel's Brigade Rodes's Division
Ewell's Corps
Army of Northern Virginia

Thomas Stephen Kenan
Colonel

William Gaston Lewis
Lieutenant Colonel

Walter Jones Boggan
Major

 

As they approached the field of battle on the morning of July 1, the 43rd North Carolina, along with the rest of Daniel's Brigade, heard the distant booming of cannon. Early in the afternoon the regiment moved to the right and onto open ground where they were met by a furious fire. Their steady progress was checked by the deep railroad cut, but subsequent assaults were successful in breaking the Union line. Having suffered heavily, the regiment rested for the night west of town. The next morning the 43rd supported a battery just north of the Seminary. Shelling from guns on the nearby heights inflicted some losses. Toward evening the Regiment took up a position on the southern edge of town.

 

Before daybreak on July 3, the 43d moved to the extreme left of the Confederate line to take part in an assault on Culp's Hill. Passing this point and advancing under heavy fire, they occupied earthworks abandoned by Union troops. Attempting to push beyond the works, the regiment was exposed to a most severe fire of canister, shrapnel and shell at short range. During the attack Col. Kenan was wounded and taken from the field and command passed to Lt. Col. Lewis. The Regiment retired to this point an remained exposed and under fire until ordered to recross Rock Creek in the early evening.

 

"All that men could do, was done nobly"

Erected by the State of North Carolina
1988

43rd North Carolina Infantry monument at Getysburg
Tablet from the monument to the 43rd North Carolina Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg National Military Park
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