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


The monument to Wofford’s Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Pt. 4). A position marker is also on Emmitsburg Road (Tour map: Peach Orchard). The marker is slightly different in style from other Confederate markers.

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General William T. Wofford, a Mexican War veteran, planter, state representative and lawyer from Georgia.

Monument to Wofford's Georgia Brigade at Gettysburg

From the monument:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet’s Corps McLaw’s Division
Wofford’s Brigade
16th 18th 24th Regiments Cobb’s and Phillips’ Legions Georgia Infantry

July 2. Arrived at 4 P. M. and formed line 100 yards west of this. Ordered to the front about 6 P. M. and advanced soon afterward along Wheatfield Road flanked the Union forces assailing the Loop and aided the Confederates thereby relieved in forcing them back through the Wheatfield to the foot of Little Round Top. Assailed there by a strong body of fresh troops and receiving at the same moment an order to withdraw the Brigade fell back at sunset to the grove west of the Wheatfield.

July 3. One regiment was left on outpost duty in that grove. The others supported artillery on Peach Orchard Ridge. All withdrew late in the afternoon.

July 4. In line here all day. At midnight began march to Hagerstown.

Present about 1350 Killed 36 Wounded 207 Missing 112 Total 355

Marker for Wofford's Brigade of McLaws' Division of Longstreet's 1st Corps of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg

Marker for Wofford’s Brigade across Emmitsburg Road from the Peach Orchard. The photo looks west from the road

From the marker:

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

16th 18th 24th Regiments Cobb’s and Phillip’s Legions Georgia Infantry

July 2. Arrived at 4 P. M. and formed line 500 yards west of here ordered to the front about 6 o’clock. Advanced soon afterwards along Wheatfield Road struck the Union line near the Loop and joined Kershaw’s Brigade in driving the Union forces through the Wheatfield to the base of Little Round Top. Assailed by Union reinforcements and receiving orders to withdraw the Brigade fell back at sunset to the cover of the woods west of the Wheatfield.

July 3. One regiment was left on outpost duty in that grove. The others supported artillery on Peach Orchard Ridge. All withdrew late in the afternoon.

July 4. In line 500 yards west of here all day. At midnight began the march to Hagerstown.

Present about 1355 Killed 36 Wounded 207 Missing 112 Total 355

Confederate Brigadier General William T. Wofford

Confederate Brigadier General William T. Wofford