First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia

West Confederate Avenue south of Millerstown Road

Upper Bronze Plaque:


Middle Bronze Plaque:

Army of Northern Virginia
1st Corps Headquarters
Lieut. General
Major Genl. Lafayette McLaws
Major Genl. George E. Pickett
Major Genl. John b. Hood
July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1863


These Headquarters were located at a
school house 900 yards Westerly

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Pitzer Woods

Lieutenant General James Longstreet
Commanding First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
January 8, 1821--January 2, 1904


Born in Edgefield District, S. C. Graduated from West Point 1842,
Served as lieutenant with the 8th U. S. Infantry in the Mexican War
and brevetted major for gallantry, Battle of Molino del Rey. Resigned
commission as major, U. S. Army May 1861. Appointed brigadier general
Confederate States Army, June 1861. Promoted to major general, CSA
October 1861. Promoted lieutenant general CSA, October 1862. Gen.
Robert E. Lee's second in command and ranking lieutenant general
in the Army of Northern Virginia. Gallantly led troops in battles at
First Manassas, the Peninsula, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Knoxville. Wounded at Battle of the
Wilderness, May 1864.  Returned to duty during the Union siege of
Petersburg and present with Gen. Lee at surrender of army at Appomattox.
Buried at Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, Ga.

"Ah! here is Longstreet; here's my 'Old War-Horse.' "
Gen. Robert E. Lee (September 17, 1862)

The First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia was a military unit fighting for the Confederate States of America, formed in early 1861 and served until the spring of 1865, mostly in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War. The corps was commanded by James Longstreet for much of its existence, as well as P.G.T. Beauregard early on.

In part or as a whole, the Corps fought in nearly all of the major battles in the Eastern Theater, such as Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and the Siege of Petersburg. The Corps also fought in Tennessee and performed important forage service in Suffolk, Virginia. It was disbanded shortly following General Robert E. Lee's surrender to Union forces 9 April, 1865.

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