egg's division of cavalry had joined him and was clearing his left flank, had authorized Pleasonton to send back to Westminster Buford's two brigades, which had been so severely tried the day before.
He had been wrongly informed: Buford alone covereBuford alone covered this flank.
Meade only learned this fact at one o'clock; he immediately directed Pleasonton not to strip him entirely; but it is too late.
Buford is gone; Merritt, who is coming from Emmettsburg, is still far away, and Sickles has therefore only Buford is gone; Merritt, who is coming from Emmettsburg, is still far away, and Sickles has therefore only the skirmishers of his infantry to watch the movements of the enemy, whose numerous indications reveal his presence in force on that side.
In fact, since nine o'clock in the morning Birney's skirmishers have been attacked by those of Wilcox from amoes forward for the purpose of supporting them.
When, shortly after, Sickles, being apprised of the untimely departure of Buford, decided, in order to ward off all surprise, to replace him, by causing his whole line of skirmishers to advance as far a