's division pushed hurriedly on to catch up with Lee
's advancing army.
The division was at Chambersburg
on the 1st day of July engaged in ordinary camp drill, while Lee
's advancing forces were engaged in severe battle at Gettysburg
It left the next morning for Gettysburg
, and arriving in the afternoon at a camping ground between Cashtown
Only three brigades of the division were present, Kemper
's and Armistead
's. The field officers of the Fourteenth Virginia were, at this time, Col. James Gregory Hodges
, Lieut. Col. William White
, Major Robert Poore
, and Adjutant John S. Jenkins
Early on the morning of July 3 these brigades were taken to the battle line.
I will not undertake here to describe Pickett
This was done in an address delivered before this camp on November 7, 1894, published in the Southern Historical Society Papers, vol. 33, p. 18.
The charge of Pickett
's division, made up entirely of Virginian's, is recognized the world over as unsurpassed in all the annals of history for steadiness of march, unwavering courage, and for the patriotic, calm determination to do all that was possible to be done to win victory at any sacrifice of life.
All know the awful fatality among the officers and men of the division.
Of its generals, Garnett
was killed, Armistead
fatally wounded, and Kemper
Of its colonels of regiments six were killed outright on the field: Hodges
, and Owens
were mortally wounded.
were killed: Calcott, Wade
Five colonels, Hunton
were wounded, and four lieutenant-colonels
, commanding regiments, Carrington
, were wounded.
Of the whole complement of field officers in fifteen regiments one only, Lieut. Col. Joseph C. Cabell
, escaped unhurt.
Of the field officers of the Fourteenth Virginia, Col. Hodges
, Maj. Poore
and Adjutant John S. Jenkins
were killed, and Lieut. Col. William White
led his regiment in this memorial charge with conspicious courage and gallantry.
He was an able and experienced officer.
His devotion to his official duties was never surpassed.