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

The monument to Garnett’s Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia is southwest of Gettysburg on the west side of West Confederate Avenue. (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Pt. 3)

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Richard B. Garnett (USMA ’41) a career Army officer from Virginia. Garnett was killed leading the brigade during Picket’s Charge.

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

From the monument:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet’s Corps Pickett’s Division
Garnett’s Brigade
8th 18th 19th 28th 56th Virginia Infantry

July 2. Arrived about sunset and bivouacked on the western border of Spangler’s Woods.

July 3. In the forenoon formed line on Kemper’s left in the field east of the woods. At the cessation of the cannonade advanced and took part in Longstreet’s assault on the Union position in the vicinity of the Angle. This advance was made in good order under a storm of shells and grape and a deadly fire of musketry after passing the Emmitsburg Road. The lines were much broken in crossing the post and rail fences on both sides of that road but with shattered ranks the Brigade pushed on and took part in the final struggle at the Angle. Gen. R. B. Garnett fell dead from his saddle in front of the stone wall.

July 4. Spent the day in reorganization and during the night began the march to Hagerstown.

Present 1480 Killed 78 Wounded 324 Missing 539 Total 941

Confederate Brigadier General Richard Garnett

Confederate Brigadier General Richard Garnett