Davis’ Brigade, Heth’s Division, Hill’s Corps

Posted to the Project on 30 Jun 09

Davis's Brigade at the RR Cut

Davis’ Brigade served as a member of Heth’s Division in the Third Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. The brigade is honored by two monuments, one to its July 1 position and one to its position on July 2 and 3.

About the Main Monument

When was it dedicated? Erected circa 1910. The last monument was completed on December 19, 1910.

What is it made out of? Foundation: Concrete. Monument: Polished smooth red Maine granite. Plaque: Bronze.

What size is it? 3.8 feet x 3.4 feet diameter base. Height 5’4″. Tablet measures 4 feet by 3 feet 8 inches and weighs 300 pounds. Overall weight is 3000 pounds.

Who made it? Albert Russell & Sons Co. of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Erected by the United States War Department.

What does it depict? Monolith consisting of polished smooth red Maine granite pedestal with a circular base. On each pedestal is mounted a bronze inscription tablet describing the movements and actions of the unit.

What does it honor? One of 64 Confederate brigade monuments. Designed by E. B. Cope and erected by the U.S. War Department. They indicate the general location of the centers of the various Confederate brigades and artillery battalions during several phases of the battle. Some of the tablets were made from melted down Civil War cannon. The tablets describe the itinerary and movements of each brigade.

How is it inscribed? The monument reads,

When was this photograph taken?

Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on west side of North Reynolds Avenue at railroad cut.

Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.

Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been changed or moved.

Monument Details, Alternative Views, and Contextual Views

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Secondary Monuments and Markers

Monument Title: Second Monument

Photographed: February 26, 2012.

Location: West Confederate Avenue, south of McMillan Woods. Located on West side of West Confederate Avenue, South of McMillan Woods. This monument is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.

Description: One of 64 Confederate brigade monuments. Designed by E. B. Cope. They indicate the general location of the centers of the various Confederate brigades and artillery battalions during several phases of the battle. Some of the tablets were made from melted down Civil War cannon. The tablets describe the itinerary and movements of each brigade.

The monument consists of a red circular Maine granite base 34 1/2 inches diameter. The bronze inscription tablet is 3.8 feet x 3.4 feet in dimension and weighs 300 pounds. Monuments rest on either rubble or concrete foundations. Overall height is 5’4.” Each monument weighs 3,000 pounds.

The last monument was finished December 19, 1910. The text is as follows,

C. S. A.
55th North Carolina 2nd 11th 42nd Mississippi Infantry

July 1. Formed line west of Herr’s Tavern and crossing the Run at 10 A. M. dislodged 2nd Maine Battery and the 2nd Brigade 1st Division First Corps. Threatened on the right it wheeled and occupied railroad cut too deep and steep for defense whereby it lost many prisoners and a stand of colors. Joined later by the 11th Regiment previously on duty guarding trains the Brigade fought until the day’s contest ended.

July 2. Lay all day west of the Run. At evening took position near here.

July 3. In Longstreet’s assault the Brigade formed the left center of Pettigrew’s Division and advanced to the stone wall south of Bryan Barn where with regiments shrunken to companies and field officers all disabled further effort was useless.

July 4. After night withdrew and began the march to Hagerstown.

Present on the first day about 2000 Killed 180 Wounded 717 Missing about 500 Total 1397

At Gettysburg

Commander: Brig. Gen. Joseph Robert Davis (January 12, 1825 – September 15, 1896) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War and nephew of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. His troops played an important role in the Battle of Gettysburg. More about this officer.

After Action Report: After Action Report of Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Davis (will open a pop up window).


2nd Mississippi Infantry

Commander: Col. John M. Stone (1830-1900). Wounded at Gettysburg on July 1. Post-War governor of Mississippi. Lt. Col. David W. Humphries took command from Stone. He was killed on July 3.

Strength: 492; 56 killed, 176 wounded, 0 missing.

Officers Killed at Gettysburg:

  • Capt. Robert M. Brandon, Company D
  • Lt. Franklin O. Dailey, Company A, aged 32
  • Lt. Col. David W. Humphreys, field officer
  • Lt. John C. Lauderdale, Company B
  • Lt. David Marlin, Company H
  • Lt. Green G. Ralston, Company A
  • Lt. Benjamin Richardson, Company E
  • Lt. Atlas K. Roberts, Company H

Supplemental Materials: None.

11th Mississippi Infantry

Commander: Col. Francis M. Green (1823-1864). Lawyer from Oxford. Wounded at Gettysburg and mortally wounded at Spotsylvania.

Strength: 592; 102 killed, 168 wounded, 42 missing.

Officers Killed at Gettysburg:

  • Capt. George W. Bird, Company K
  • Lt. Daniel A. Featherson, Company F
  • Lt. Pleasant Goolsby, Company E
  • Capt. Henry P. Halbert, Company E
  • Lt. Thomas P. Mims, Company E, aged 27
  • Capt. Jameson H. Moore, Company H
  • Lt. William A. Osburn, Company G
  • Lt. Evan R. Reid, Company H

Supplemental Materials: Regimental Monument.

42nd Mississippi Infantry

Commander: Col. Hugh R. Miller (1812-1863). Circuit Court judge in Mississippi and member of the Mississippi Secession Convention. Mortally wounded at Gettysburg, dying on July 19.

Strength: 265; 75 killed, 190 wounded, 0 missing.

Officers Killed at Gettysburg:

  • Lt. Henry C. Bearden, Company E
  • Capt. Thomas G. Clark, Company G
  • Capt. Henry Davenport, Company E
  • Capt. James H. Gaston, Company G
  • Lt. William H. Harmon, Company I
  • Lt. George A. Howze, Company D
  • Capt. Goldsborough R. Mears, Company K
  • Colonel Hugh R. Miller, Field Officer, aged 51
  • Lt. Jordan R. Moores, Company E
  • Lt. James M. Nail, Company C
  • Lt. James M. Seal, Company F
  • Lt. John M. Spencer, Company G
  • Lt. William L. Waldran, Company I
  • Lt. Benjamin F. Wham, Company B

Supplemental Materials: None.

55th North Carolina Infantry

Commander: Col. John K. Connally (1839-1904). Attended the US Naval Academy. Wounded and captured at Gettysburg. Wounded again at Cold Harbor. Post-war Texas lawyer and member of Virginia legislature. Lt. Col. Maurice T. Smith (1828-1863) took command from Connally. Native of Granville; planter. Killed at Gettysburg.

Strength: 640; 55 killed, 143 wounded, 22 missing.

Officers Killed at Gettysburg:

  • Capt. Edward F. Satterfield, Company H, aged 26
  • Lt. Col. Maurice T. Smith, Field Officer, aged 35
  • Capt. Howell G. Whitehead, Company E

Supplemental Materials: None.




Comments on this Post

One Response to “Davis’ Brigade, Heth’s Division, Hill’s Corps”

  1. Harold Neal says:

    Thanks for the great work you’ve done on this website.

    My gg-grandfather, William N. Searcy was in the 42nd Mississippi Regiment under Col. Hugh R. Miller.

    On his pension application he says he was wounded and taken prisoner at Gettysburg. Held in prison for nine months.

    Harold Neal

    U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
    about William N. Searcy –

    Name: William N. Searcy
    Side: Confederate
    Regiment State/Origin: Mississippi
    Regiment Name: 42 Mississippi Infantry
    Regiment Name Expanded: 42nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
    Company: E
    Rank In: Private
    Rank In Expanded: Private
    Rank Out: Private
    Rank Out Expanded: Private
    Film Number: M232 roll 36

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