Confederate Headquarters – Longstreet’s First Corps – Hood’s Division


The monument to Benning’s Georgia Brigade is south of Gettysburg on Confederate Avenue. (Tour map: South Confederate AvenueA marker showing the position of the brigade on July 2nd is on Sickles Avenue northwest of the Devil’s Den. (Tour map: Devil’s Den)

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Henry L. Benning, a Georgia politician and Justice on the State Supreme Court before the war.

Monument to Benning's Georgia Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg

From the monument:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet’s Corps Hood’s Division
Benning’s Brigade
2nd 15th 17th 20th Georgia Infantry

July 2. Arrived and formed line about 4 P. M. in rear of Law’s and Robertson’s Brigades and moving forward in support of these took prominent part in the severe conflict which resulted in the capture of Devil’s Den together with a number of prisoners and three guns of the 4th New York Battery.

July 3. Held Devil’s Den and the adjacent crest of rocky ridge until late in the evening when under orders the Brigade retired to position near here. Through mistake of orders the 15th Georgia did not retire directly but moved northward encountered a superior Union force and suffered considerable loss.

July 4. Occupied breastworks near here facing southward until midnight.

July 5. About 5 A. M. began the march to Hagerstown Md.

Present about 1500 Losses 509

Marker to Benning's Georgia Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg

From the marker:

Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet’s Corps Hood’s Division
Benning’s Brigade
2nd 15th 17th 20th Georgia Infantry

July 2. Formed in line about 4 P. M. in rear of Law’s and Robertson’s Brigades and moving forward in support took active part in the conflict that resulted in the capture of Devil’s Den together with a number of prisoners and 3 guns of Smith’s 4th New York Battery.

Brigadier General Henry L. Benning

Brigadier General Henry L. Benning