Confederate Headquarters Markers > Hill’s 3rd Corps > Anderson’s Division


There is a monument to Wright’s Brigade southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue (West Confederate Avenue – Pt. 3 tour map) and a position marker on Cemetery Ridge near the Copse of Trees. (Hancock Avenue Part 3 tour map)

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Ambrose Wright, a lawyer and politician from Louisville, Georgia.

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From the marker:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Hill’s Corps Anderson’s Division
Wright’s Brigade
3rd, 22nd, 48th Regiments
and 2d Battalion Georgia Infantry

July 2. Formed line here in the forenoon. Advanced at 6 P. M. and dislodged Union troops posted near the Codori House capturing several guns and many prisoners. Pushing on broke the Union line at the stone wall south of the Angle and reached the crest of the ridge beyond capturing more guns. The supports on the right being repulsed and those on the left not coming up with both flanks assailed and converging columns threatening its rear it withdrew fighting its way out with heavy losses and unable to bring off the captured guns.

July 3. Advanced 600 yards to cover the retreat of Pickett’s Division. Afterward was moved to the right to meet a threatened attack.

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

Present 1450 Killed 146 Wounded 394 Missing 333 Total 873

Marker for Wright's Georgia Brigade on the Gettysburg battlefield

Looking east from the marker toward the crest of Cemetery Ridge. You can see the tops of the monuments along the Union defensive line to (from left to right) the 1st New York Independent Battery, 59th New York, 42nd New York and (at far right) 7th Michigan. The view shows how the slope rises to the Union position and gives an idea of some of the the dead ground where the Confederate attackers were able to find partial shelter during the fighting on both July 2nd and 3rd.

Confederate Brigadier General Ambrose Wright

Confederate Brigadier General Ambrose Wright