Hood’s Division served as a member of the Longstreet’s Corps in the Army of Northern Virginia.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Erected circa 1907.
What is it made out of? Foundation: Concrete. Monument: Rough hewn granite. Plaque: Bronze.
What size is it? Dimensions: 4.2 feet x 2.0 feet, with an overall height of 7.0 feet.
Who made it? Designed by E.B. Cope and erected by the U.S. War Department.
What does it depict? Monument is a rock-faced granite monolith with polished face on which is affixed a bronze narrative tablet.
What does it honor? One of ten Confederate division monuments that describe the movements and itenirary of each division of the Army of Northern Virginia. The locations of the markers indicate the general location of the battle lines of the various Confederate divisions during the battle.
How is it inscribed? The monument reads,
C. S. A.
ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
FIRST ARMY CORPS
Maj. Gen. J. B. Hood Brig. Gen. E. M. Law
Law’s Brigade Brig. Gen. E. M. Law
Col. James L. Sheffield
Robertson’s Brigade Brig. Gen. J. B. Robertson
Anderson’s Brigade Brig. George T Anderson
Lieut. Col. William Luffman
Benning’s Brigade Brig. Gen. Henry L. Benning
Four Batteries Major M. W. Henry
July 1. On the march to Gettysburg. Encamped about four miles from the field with the exception of Law’s Brigade left on picket at New Guilford.
July 2. Law’s Brigade joined from New Guilford about noon. The Division was formed on extreme right of the Army and then directed to drive in and envelop the Union left. About 4 P. M. the batteries opened and soon after the Division moved forward. After a severe struggle the Union line retired to the ridge in rear. The ground fought over was obstructed by stone fences and very difficult. The movement was partially successful the battle continuing until nearly dark. The advance gained was held.
July 3. Occupied the ground gained and with the exception of resisting a Cavalry charge and heavy skirmishing was not engaged.
July 4. The Division took up the line of march during the night.
Casualties Killed 343 Wounded 1504 Missing 442 Total 2289
When was this photograph taken? June 7, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on West side of South Confederate Avenue, near junction and South of Emmitsburg Road.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Commander: Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood (June 29, 1831 – August 30, 1879) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War. Hood had a reputation for bravery and aggressiveness that sometimes bordered on recklessness. Arguably one of the best brigade and division commanders in the Confederate States Army, Hood became increasingly ineffective as he was promoted to lead larger, independent commands late in the war, and his career was marred by his decisive defeats leading an army in the Atlanta Campaign and the Franklin-Nashville Campaign. More about this officer.
Longstreet’s Corps, ANV at Gettysburg
LONGSTREET’S CORPS – Hood’s Division – Anderson’s Brigade – Benning’s Brigade – Law’s Brigade – Robertson’s Brigade – Henry’s Battalion – McLaws’ Division – Barksdale’s Brigade – Kershaw’s Brigade – Semmes’ Brigade – Wofford’s Brigade – Cabell’s Battalion – Pickett’s Division – Armistead’s Brigade – Garnett’s Brigade – Kemper’s Brigade – Dearing’s Battalion – Artillery Reserve – Alexander’s Battalion – Eshelman’s Battalion