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Kershaw's Brigade

McLaw's Division, First Army Corps

 

The monument to Kershaw's Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia is south of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue, and tablets are on Brooke Avenue and Emmitsburg road.

 

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Joseph B. Kershaw, a lawyer, Mexican War veteran, judge and state senator from Camden, South Carolina.

 

 

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia McLaws' Division
Kershaw's Brigade
2nd 3rd 7th 8th 15th Regiments and 3d Battalion South Carolina Infantry

 

July 2. Arrived at 3.30 P. M. and formed line here. Advanced about 4.30 to battle. The 8th and 2d Regiments and 3d Battalion shared in the attack on Peach Orchard and batteries near there on Wheatfield Road. The 7th and 3d Regiments were engaged in the long and severe conflict at and around the Loop. The 15th Regiment fought on Rose Hill and in the ravine and forest beyond. Late in the evening the Brigade took part in the general advance by which the Union forces were forced from the Wheatfield and across Plum Run Valley. At dark under orders it retired to Peach Orchard.

 

July 3. At Peach Orchard until noon then sent farther to front. At 1 P. M. under orders resumed position here extending line to right and keeping in touch with Hood's Division on left.

 

July 4. About midnight began the march to Hagerstown Md.

Present about 1800 Losses 630

 

 

From the Brooke avenue marker:

 

Army of Northern Virginia McLaws' Division
Kershaw's Brigade

2nd 3rd 7th 8th 15th Regiments and
3d Battalion South Carolina Infantry

 

July 2. Arrived on the field at 3.30 P. M. Formed line and advanced about 4.30 o'clock. The 8th and 2D Regiments and 3d Battalion shared in the attack on the Peach Orchard and batteries near there on Wheatfield Road. The 7th and 3d Regiments were engaged at and around the Loop. The 15th Regiment fought on Rose Hill and in the ravine and forest beyond. Late in the evening the Brigade took part in the advance by which the Union forces were forced from the Wheatfield and across Plum Run Valley. At dark under orders the Brigade retired to and occupied the Peach Orchard.

 

 

From the marker on Emmitsburg Road:

 

Kershaw's Brigade

Brigadier General Joseph B. Kershaw's South Carolina Brigade of McLaw's Division, ordered on the afternoon of July 2, 1863, to attack the Union battle line north and east of the Rose Farm, 100 yards eastward, crossed the Emmitsburg Road in this area. By nightfall their attack, joined with those of other Confederate brigades, had forced the Union troops from the Peach Prchard and Wheatfield. Late on July 3 the brigade withdrew and went into position in the woods a quarter mile west.

 

Erected by "Project Southland" in cooperation with the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association 1970.

 

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Kershaw's Brigade, McLaw's Division,  1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg
(above) Monument to Kershaw's Brigade at Gettysburg
Kershaw's Brigade, McLaw's Division,  1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia at GettysburgKershaw's Brigade, McLaw's Division,  1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg
(below) Confederate Brigadier General Joseph B. Kershaw
Confederate Brigadier General Joseph B. Kershaw
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