Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead & One of His Colonel’s James Gregory Hodges – Both Killed at Gettysburg in Picket’s Charge – A Chance to Buy the Most Coveted Confederate General’s Autograph
This ANS measures 3 ¼ x 3 ½ inches. Both autographs are in nice dark ink:

                 Appd. & Respectfully
                          Ja. Gregory Hodges
                               Col. 14th Va. Regt.

                 Hd. Qr. 4th Brigade
                Andersons Division,
                     Aug. 6th, 1862,
               Appd. & Respectfully
                              L. A. Armistead
                                      Br. Genl.

Condition is excellent. Also on the document is the autograph of Maj. Gen. R. H. Anderson. Over the past 30 years we have sold 2 other Armistead autographs. A pre-war signature sold for $4,500 back in the 70’s. A war date example, very similar to the current offering (not quite as nice), sold for $10,500 and is now in the National Civil War Museum.

#CG514 - Price $9,250 

Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead

On the afternoon of July 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Armistead's brigade - as part of General George Pickett's division - was in the massive Confederate assault against the center of the Union lines. Armistead took a position several paces in front of his soldiers. With black felt hat at the end of his sword… one of the icons of the Civil War, he led them forward with unflinching gallantry. Armistead shoved his way through the jostling crowd of soldiers that staggered before the holocaust of flame that fringed a projecting angle of the stone wall. "Come on boys!" he shouted, "Give them the cold steel! Who Will follow me?" and the screaming mob of gray-clad troops surged forward, to the stone wall called “The Angle”.

Armistead crossed the wall and leaped amongst the carnage-strewn wreckage of Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery. A gap opened, and into it poured the gallant warriors of the Southern Confederacy, trampling over the bloodstained dead and flailing wounded. The flags of the 14th, 57th, and 53rd Virginia clustered about the intrepid Armistead, with the colors of the 28th and 56th Virginia close behind. At least one of the precious banners had fallen ten times, only to be raised again, and carried on.

Some 150 soldiers followed General Armistead and Lieutenant Colonel Rawley Martin of the 53rd Virginia into the angle. As Lewis Armistead placed his hand one of Cushing's abandoned guns, he was cut down by Yankee bullets. Within minutes all who had followed the general into the angle were killed or captured. The high-water mark of the Confederacy had crested, and two thirds of Armistead's men had been left behind in its wake.

Armistead, shot several times and bleeding profusely, was slumped against the wheel of a cannon. Lewis Armistead died two days later in a Union military hospital. Friends eventually recovered his body and buried it in a family plot in a Baltimore churchyard. His life, but more so his death, exemplified the motto he early adopted: "Trust in God and fear nothing."

James Gregory Hodges Col. 14th. Va. Regt.

Col. Hodges was killed at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 during Pickett's Charge. He fell four feet in front of the earthworks between where the markers of Company K and Company B of the 69th Pennsylvania stands today. Hodges had been shot multiple times as he approached the wall. It is not known for certain, but it is possible that Col. Hodge's was a casualty of one of the canister shots of Cowan's 1st New York Battery.

After the fighting had ended, and the Confederates were retreating across the field, some Union soldiers ventured into the field before them to help the wounded. One soldier of the 80th New York saw a heap of bodies and approached it noticing that the man on top was lying over the body of a colonel. Moving the dead soldier, the Yankee started rifling the colonel's pockets, took a diary and a map of Virginia and turned them over to his commander, Col. Theodore B. Gates. The colonel's sword and scabbard had been riddled by infantry fire and were useless. They were given to Captain John Cook of Company I. The belt bucket with the seal of the state of Virginia was returned forty years later to the widow of Col. Hodges.

When the fighting was over Gen. Henry Hunt, Chief of the Union Artillery, went into the field looking for Gen. Richard B. Garnett, whom he had heard had been killed. Hunt had known Garnett before the war and wanted to find his body to insure a proper burial. He never located the general, but a came across the body of Col. Hodges, lying on his back atop all fallen dead. He had also known Hodges before the war.

Hodge's body was buried in the field in an unmarked grave in front of the stone wall on Cemetery Ridge, alongside men from his brigade.