“A Fighting Withdrawal” – Humphrey’s Division on July 2nd, 1863: A Gettysburg Battle Walk with Ranger Karlton Smith

The almost half a mile stretch of the Emmitsburg Road, where Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys and his five thousand Union soldiers were positioned on the afternoon of July 2nd, 1863, is one of the overlooked locations on the Gettysburg battlefield. Humphreys and his three brigades were attacked on the left flank by Mississippians under Confederate General William Barksdale, and along the front by elements of General Cadmus Wilcox and Colonel David Lang’s Floridians. The brutal fighting along that roadway, and the stubborn withdrawal of Humphrey’s men, cost over two thousands federal casualties and represented a stubborn resistance to the Confederate onslaught which tore across the southern portion of the battlefield that day. Follow along as Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Karlton Smith explores the story of Andrew Humphreys, the men he commanded, and the trying ordeal they went through at Gettysburg on July 2nd, 1863.

Map 2 Humphreys Division

 

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