The marker for the Right of the Army of Northern Virginia is south of Gettysburg on South Confederate Avenue. (South Confederate Avenue tour map)
The marker shows the location of the extreme right flank of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at the beginning of the attack on July 2nd. The Confederate line extended in a six mile horseshoe (sometimes described as a fishhook) back up along what is now South and West Confederate Avenue. It curved through the town of Gettysburg, east around Culp’s Hill, and south to the area around Spangler’s Springs. The tips of the left and right flanks were less than three miles apart, with most of Meade’s army inside the loop.
Although there was some danger of the Confederates closing the horseshoe and cutting off the Union line of retreat or even surrounding Meade’s army, it was very unlikely. Meade had the larger army, and was able to post elements of his 6th Corps in reserve along Baltimore Pike and behind Big Round Top to cover his lines of communication.
Instead, the position was to Meade’s advantage. He was able to post reserves in the center of the fishhook that could quickly reach threatened areas. He could also bring reinforcements from an unengaged part of his line. Meade did both during the battle.
From the marker
Right of the Army
Location of the marker to the Right of the Army of Northern Virginia
The marker is on South Confederate Avenue about 0.5 mile from Emmitsburg Road. South Confederate Avenue at this point is one way eastbound. (39°47’03.5″N 77°15’07.5″W)