ere halted, and the men were directed to divest themselves of knapsacks, blanket-rolls and other baggage; an order which to the veteran plainly bespoke serious work, and that in the near future.
In a written statement made by Colonel Venable in 1872, referring to the carrying of the message from General Lee to General Mahone, he says:
He sent me directly to General Mahone (saying that to save time the order need not be sent through General A. P. Hill), with the request that he would send, clearly incorrect as is the statement that Mahone arrived about ten o'clock, after General Meade issued his orders above referred to.
Against this statement as to time we may safely place that of Colonel Venable, of General Lee's staff, made in 1872, in which he says: I know that it is difficult to be accurate as to time on the battle-field, unless noted and written down at the moment.
But I am confident this charge of the Virginians was made before 9 o'clock A. M. I know, from my recollecti