Confederate Headquarters Markers > Ewell’s 2nd Corps > Rodes’ Division

The monument to Ramseur’s Brigade is northwest of Gettysburg on Oak Hill near the Peace Memorial. (North Confederate Avenue tour map)

It was commanded by Brigadier General Stephen Dodson Ramseur (West Point Class of May ’60), who had become the youngest Confederate general in November of 1862.

On the afternoon of July 1st Ramseur’s Brigade followed up the failed attacks O’Neal’s and Iverson’s Brigades had made on the Union First Corps line on Seminary Ridge, successfully helping to overrun Robinson’s Division and pursue it through Gettysburg to Cemetery Hill.

The brigade then spent the next two days of the battle in relative inactivity in the Sunken Lane southwest of Gettysburg, taking no part in Longstreet’s attacks on Cemetary Ridge or Ewell’s assaults on Cemetery Hill.

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

From the monument:

C. S. A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Ewell’s Corps Rodes’ Division
Ramseur’s Brigade
2nd 4th 14th 30th North Carolina Infantry

July 1. Soon after Iverson’s and O’Neal’s Brigades had each suffered the repulse of three regiments with heavy losses Ramseur’s Brigade moved from its position here and vigorously assailed the right wing of the Union forces. The 14th and 30th Regiments with O’Neal’s 3rd Alabama turned the flank of the Union troops while the 2nd and 4th Regiments together with Doles’ Brigade and part of O’Neal’s struck them in the rear. A struggle ensued in which both sides suffered severely and the conflict here only ended with the retreat of the Union Corps from Seminary Ridge. In that retreat the Brigade made active pursuit and captured many prisoners.

July 2. Skirmishing on the southern borders of the town.

July 3. In sunken lane southwest of town.

July 4. In line on Seminary Ridge. At night began the march to Hagerstown.

Present 1909 Killed 23 Wounded 129 Missing 44

Brigadier General Ramseur is honored by a monument on the Cedar Creek battlefield in Virginina, where he was mortally wounded in 1864.

Confederate Brigadier General Stephen Dodson Ramseur

Confederate Brigadier General Stephen Dodson Ramseur