A monument to Imboden’s Brigade is west of Gettysburg on South Reynolds Avenue. (Tour map: South Reynolds Avenue) A marker is also in Cashtown (about seven miles west of Gettysburg) in front of the Cashtown Inn.

The brigade was commanded by Brigadier General John Imboden. It normally operated as a semi-independent command in western Virginia, and Lee did not view its discipline or combat capabilities very highly. It was not on the field at Gettysburg, but was protecting supply and ammunition trains in the rear of the army.

After the battle Imboden was given the mission of escorting the 18-mile train of wounded back to Virginia. Arriving at the Potomac crossings at Williamsport, Maryland, he found the river uncrossable due to high water, and organized a successful defence which held off Union cavalry under Buford and Kilpatrick until the rest of Lee’s army arrived.

The monument’s location on South Reynolds Avenue just off Hagerstown Road is shared with two other Confederate cavalry brigades, Robertsons’ and Jones’,, which were not at Gettysburg but played an important role in the campaign.

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

From the monument:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Stuart’s Cavalry Division
Imboden’s Brigade
18th Virginia Cavalry 62nd Virginia Infantry
Virginia Partisan Rangers
and McClanahan’s Virginia Battery

July 3. Command guarding ammunition and supply trains. Reached the field at noon and retired with the supply trains at night.

No report nor details of losses made.

Marker at Cashtown to Imboden's Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg

From the marker on Cashtown Road in front of the Cashtown Inn:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Stuart’s Cavalry Division
Imboden’s Brigade
18th Virginia Cavalry 62nd Virginia Infantry
Virginia Partisan Rangers
and McClanahan’s Virginia Battery

July 3. Command guarding ammunition and supply trains. Reached the field at noon and retired with the supply trains at night.

No report nor details of losses made.

Confederate Brigadier General John Imboden

Confederate Brigadier General John Imboden