Barksdale's Charge

Barksdale's Charge (HM6HW)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.143', W 77° 15.346'

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— July 2, 1863 - Second Day —

"...I never saw anything equal the dash and heroism of the Mississippians."
Capt. G.B. Lamar, Jr., C.S.A.
Aide to Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws

On the afternoon of July 2, most of General Longstreet's Confederate First Corps were engaged in battle from Little Round Top to the Peach Orchard. Brig. Gen. William Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade stood in line directly behind you, impatiently awaiting orders to join the attack. Barksdale was vexed at the delay, and repeatedly asked permission to advance.

Shortly after 6:00 p.m. the order came. Barksdale's Brigade, followed by Wofford's Georgia Brigade, charged the Federals positioned at the Peach Orchard and Sherfy Farm in front of you, and overwhelmed them in a violent struggle. Barksdale rode in front, his white hair gleaming, leading a chorus of Rebel yells.

The advance Federal line collapsed as Barksdale drove his Mississippians onward. Near the Trostle Farm, about 3/4 mile in front of you, the attack lost its momentum and Union reinforcements drove the Mississippians back. While attempting to rally his men, Barksdale was riddled with bullets. He died that night at a Union field hospital.
HM NumberHM6HW
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 9:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 306885 N 4408258
Decimal Degrees39.80238333, -77.25576667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.143', W 77° 15.346'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 8.58" N, 77° 15' 20.76" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 61-115 Millerstown Rd, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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