Davis, the Confederate President's nephew, assumed command. His position was due to pure nepotism. Having never directed troops in battle, Davis received a promotion to brigadier-general in September 1862.

While in North Carolina, the 55th North Carolina joined the brigade. By Confederate standards of 1863, all four regiments were numerically strong with the 55th contributing the most men to the Brigade's strength. The Brigade participated in Longstreet's Suffolk Campaign and then moved north to join the main army after the Chancellorsville Campaign. Here, this unique brigade joined Major-General Henry Heth's newly formed division.

The Brigade marched second in Heth's column on the road to Gettysburg. The veteran 11th Mississippi was detached and left behind to guard the divisional trains. An observer had described the Brigade's leader as "a very pleasant and unpretending gentleman." Whether he had the stuff to lead his brigade effectively in battle was about to be tested.

55th Regiment North Carolina Troops

Colonel John Kerr Connallyl Lieutenent-Colonel Maurice T. Smith! Major Alfred H. Belol Captain George Giireath 640 troops present for duty equipped

Co. A Name not available

Co. B Name not available

Co, C Cleveland Grays

Co. D Cleveland Farmers

Co. E Name not available

Co. F South Mountain Rangers

Co. G North Carolina Rebels

Co. H Alexander Boys

Co. I Franklin Farmers

Co. K Name not available

42nd Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Colonel Hugh Reid Miller 575 troops present for duty equipped

Co. A Carroll Fencibles

Co. B Name not available

Co. C Nelson's Avengers

Co. D Name not available

Co. E Davenport Rifles

Co. F Name not available Co. G Gaston Rifles

Co. H Name not available

Co. I Mississippi Reds

Co. K Name not available

The original battle flag of the 11th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Heth's Division - Garnett's Artillery Battalion

After Chancellorsville, Garnett's Artilfery Battalion was assigned to provide fire-support for Heth's newly-formed division. The Battalion was led by a West Point trained officer whose war-time career to date had included service with the Washington Artillery Battalion, Divisional Chief of Artillery, and Inspector of Ordnance and Artillery in Longstreet's Corps. Garnett was recognised as an efficient artillery officer.

The Battalion's four batteries were veteran outfits. The Norfolk Light Artillery Blues originated in 1829. It consistently attracted that city's "young Gentlemen" up to its entrance into the Confederate army in 1861. The

Divisional Artillery

Lieutenant-Colonel John Jameson Garnett 9 Staff and Field Officers

Huger Battery formed on June 8, 1861 from extra men belonging to Grandy's Norfolk Battery. It derived its name from its first captain, Frank Huger, the son of departmental commander General Benjamin Huger. On March 2, 1863, Huger received a promotion and Lieutenant Joseph Moore ascended to battery command.

The Louisiana Battery, the Donaldsonville Artillery, also had a long history dating back to its formation in 1837. It had served in Virginia since 1861.

The Battalion was actively engaged during the Chancellorsville Campaign where it served with Anderson's Division. It lost about 25 casualties. After the battle the Battalion received 26 horses to replace partially those that had been lost.

The Battalion began its march north on June 15, 1863. It passed through Chester Gap to enter the Shenandoah Valley and crossed the Potomac River On June 25. Arriving at Cashtown on June 29 after a tiring march, the Battalion enjoyed a day of rest on June 30. Observing the growing concentration of

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