|James Kemper commanded a brigade in George Pickett's division of James Longstreet's I Corps. Kemper's brigade arrived at Gettysburg after the Second Day's fighting, resting near the Chambersburg Pike. On 3 July, Kemper's brigade took up positions near Pitzer's Run a few hundred yards (meters) behind the main Confederate line. During the artillery barrage before Pickett's assault, Kemper's men were in a swale in front of Spangler's Woods.
During Longstreet's assault, Kemper's brigade was assigned to the front right of Pickett's division, with their right flank unsupported. Upon reaching the Emmitsburg Road, his troops performed a left oblique, aiming directly for the Copse of Trees, their point of aim on Cemetery Ridge.
After the War, Kemper returned to politics, and was elected Governor of Virginia in 1874.
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