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Colonel (later Brigadier General) Samuel Spriggs Carroll (1832-1893) commanded the Second Corps’ Gibraltar Brigade at Gettysburg. His men played a key role in driving Confederates from East Cemetery Hill the evening of July 2, 1863. This image was taken circa the 1860s and is courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is our host for a series on the Eleventh Army Corps during the Battle of Gettysburg. Stuart had two relatives in the Eleventh Corps (73rd Ohio Infantry Regiment) and both were killed/mortally wounded at Gettysburg. They are both buried in the National Cemetery. Stuart has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2004.

In addition to tours at Gettysburg National Military Park, Stuart also conducts tours at other historic sites in North America and Europe. He invites you to have a look at his website: www.battlegroundhistorytours.com.

Previous entries in the Eleventh Corps series can be found here.

In today’s Eleventh Corps post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey describes the attack of Avery’s North Carolinians on Rickett’s Battery on the evening of July 2, 1863.

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This map shows the location of where our Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg videos were produced. Videos #1-#125 were shown in our previous Eleventh Corps posts. Video #126 was taken on the slope of East Cemetery Hill. Videos #127 and #128 was taken near the position of Ricketts’ Pennsylvania Battery. This map was created facing north at approximately 6:30 PM on Monday, January 16, 2012.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is the host for our Eleventh Corps series. He is standing on the east slope of East Cemtery Hill. Visible at the top of the hill are from left to right: 4th Ohio Infantry Monument, Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse, artillery pieces marking the position of Cooper’s and Ricketts’ batteries, and the monument to Ricketts’ Battery. This view was taken facing west at approximately 12:45 PM on Monday, December 19, 2011.

In Video #126 (Videos #1-#125 were shown in our previous Eleventh Corps posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on the east slope of East Cemetery Hill. He describes the advance, physical condition, and organizational challenges of Avery’s North Carolinians as they attacked East Cemetery Hill. This view was taken facing west to east to west at approximately 12:45 PM on Monday, December 19, 2011.

This wayside depicts the advance of Avery’s North Carolinians up East Cemetery Hill on the evening of July 2, 1863. The Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse is pictured in the engraving, and is shown in the left background of this image. This view was taken facing west at approximately 12:45 PM on Monday, December 19, 2011.

In Video #127 Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing at the summit of East Cemetery Hill at the position of Coopers’ and later Rickett’s batteries. He describes how the Confederates in Avery’s Brigade fought hand to hand with Rickett’s men at this location on the evening of July 2, 1863. This view was taken facing east at approximately 12:45 PM on Monday, December 19, 2011.

Stuart Dempsey is still near the position of Rickett’s Battery. The Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse, and in front of it, the Baltimore Pike, are visible in the left background. This view was taken facing west at approximately 12:45 PM on Monday, December 19, 2011.

In Video #128 Stuart Dempsey is standing on the summit of East Cemetery Hill. He explains how the counterattack of Carroll’s Brigade drove the Confederates from Ricketts’ artillery pieces on the evening of July 2, 1863. This view was taken facing west to northwest at approximately 12:45 PM on Monday, December 19, 2011.
There are not yet any histories of the Eleventh Corps that are in print. Here is the autobiography of Oliver O. Howard, who commanded the Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg. For ordering information, click here.

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