Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
Confederate Headquarters

Hoke's Brigade

Early's Division, Second Army Corps


The monument to Hoke's Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia is southeast of Gettysburg on East Confederate Avenue.


The brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg was under the temporary command of Colonel Isaac Avery after Brigadier General Robert Hoke was wounded at Chancellorsville. Avery was from a large plantation family and had been a partner before the war in the construction of the Western North Carolina Railroad.


Colonel Avery was mortally wounded at the beginning of the attack on Cemetery Hill on the evening of July 2nd. Colonel Archibald C. Godwin took over the brigade after Avery was wounded.


From the monument:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Ewell's Corps Early's Division
Hoke's Brigade

6th 21st 57th North Carolina Infantry


July 1. Advanced at 3 P. M. with Hays' Brigade flanked Eleventh Corps aided in taking two guns repulsed First Brigade Second Division and captured many prisoners. Late in evening took position here.


July 2. Skirmished all day at 8 P. M. with Hays' Brigade charged East Cemetery Hill. Severely enfiladed on the left by artillery and musketry it pushed on over infantry line in front scaled the hill planted its colors on the lunettes and captured several guns. But assailed by fresh forces and having no supports it was soon compelled to relinquish what it had gained and withdraw. Its commander Col. Isaac E. Avery was mortally wounded leading the charge.


July 3. Ordered to railroad cut in rear and later to High Street in town.


July 4. At 2 A. M. moved to Seminary Ridge. After midnight began the march to Hagerstown.


Present about 900 Killed 35 Wounded 216 Missing 94 Total 345

Hoke's Brigade, Early's Division, 2nd Corps,  Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg
(above) Monument to Hoke's Brigade at Gettysburg
(below) Confederate Colonel Isaac Avery, mortally wounded on East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg

Confederate Colonel Isaac Avery, mortally wounded on East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg
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