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

The monument to Dearing’s Artillery Battalion is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Pt. 4)

The battalion was commanded by Major James Dearing. a Virginian who resigned from West Point just before he would have graduated in 1861 due to Virginia’s secession.

Monument to Dearing's Artillery Battalion at Gettybsurg


From the monument:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet’s Corps Pickett’s Division
Dearing’s Battalion
Stribling’s Caskie’s Macon’s Blount’s Batteries
Two 20 Pounder Parrotts
Three 10 Pounder Parrotts
One 3 Inch Rifle
Twelve Napoleons

July 3. Advanced to the front about daybreak and took a conspicuous part in the battle. In the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault it fired by battery and very effectively. Having exhausted its ammunition and being unable to obtain a fresh supply it was withdrawn from the field about 4 P. M.

July 4. In line of battle all day with McLaws’ Division. Marched at sunset to Black Horse Tavern.

Losses Killed 8 Wounded 17 Total 25 Horses killed and disabled 37

Confederate Major (later Brigadier General) James Dearing

Confederate Major (later Brigadier General) James Dearing