June 4, 2019 Evening Walk “The 11th New Jersey Volunteers – “I tell you we are going to have a fight” LBG Bill Trelease
The 11th New Jersey arrived at Gettysburg with 275 men after experiencing the blood bath of Chancellorsville. Part of Carr’s 3rd Corps brigade they will be placed in a critical position along the Emmitsburg Road on the afternoon of July 2, 1863. Here they will come under attack by both Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade and Wilcox’s Alabamians, two of the toughest units in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. By the end of the day, the 11th will have suffered over 50% casualties, a figure that included almost every officer on the field, yet somehow managed to successfully get itself out of an extremely precarious position. We will follow the story of the 11th from its formation in Trenton, NJ in August of 1862 and the events that brought it to this fateful field and its experience in the desperate combat that followed. This tour will involve some modest walking. Meeting place: Intersection of United States Avenue and Sickles Avenue.