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


The monument to Semmes’ Brigade is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Part 5)  A position tablet is on Brooke Avenue in the Rose Woods (Tour map: Brooke Avenue).

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Paul Jones Semmes, a Georgia banker and plantation owner. Semmes was mortally wounded during the attack on July 2nd. He died on July 10th in Martinsburg, West Virginia. When Semmes was wounded the brigade was taken over by Colonel Goode Bryan.

Monument to Semmes' Georgia Brigade on the Gettysburg battlefield

From the monument:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet’s Corps McLaw’s Division
Semmes’ Brigade
10th 50th 51st 53rd Georgia Infantry

July 2. Arrived about 3.30 P. M. and formed line 50 yards west of this. Advanced about 5 P. M. in support of Kershaw and Anderson and took a prominent part in the severe and protracted conflict on Rose Hill and in the ravine and forest east of there and in the vicinity of the Loop. Participated also in the general advance late in the evening by which the Union forces were forced out of the Wheatfield and across Plum Run Valley. Brig Gen. Paul J. Semmes fell mortally wounded in the ravine near the Loop.

July 3. During the afternoon Anderson’s Brigade being withdrawn for duty elsewhere the Brigade was left in the occupancy of the woodland south of the Wheatfield. At 1 P. M. under orders it resumed its original position near here.

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

Present about 1200 Losses 430

Marker to Semmes' Confederate Brigade at Gettysburg

From the marker in the Rose Woods:

Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet’s Corps McLaw’s Division
Semmes’ Brigade

10th 50th 51st 53rd Georgia Infantry

July 2. Arrived on the field about 3.30 P. M. Advanced about 5 o’clock in support of Kershaw’sand Anderson’s Brigades and took an active part in the conflict on Rose Hill and in the ravine and forest east of there in the vicinity of the Loop. Participated in the general advance late in the evening by which the Union forces were forced out of the Wheatfield and across Plum Run Valley. Brig. Gen. J. Semmes fell mortally wounded in the ravine near the Loop.