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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Review of the Gettysburg campaign. (search)
directions where the approaching infantry should be posted that he was mortally wounded and the command devolved on General Doubleday. The leading brigade of Cutler had scarcely time to form in line before meeting the shock of Davis, who had ordehought the alternative, in the face of increasing numbers, was between a vigorous offensive and abandoning his ground. Doubleday, on the Union side, has been censured for pretty much the same thing. In replying to criticisms, against him on this as also near at hand. He had ridden in advance of his corps, and upon arriving on the field, took over the command from Doubleday, and turned over the command of his own corps to Schurz. When the attack was renewed the contest waxed fiercer if posufficiently united to give battle. At 6 P. M., on the evening of the 1st, he dispatched a joint message to Howard and Doubleday, in which he said: It seems we have so concentrated, that a battle is now forced on us, and that if we get up all our p
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Color Episode of the one hundred and Forty-Ninth regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. (search)
gade of three regiments (the fourth was absent at the time); all veteran troops and renowned fighters—and how many more of Heth's regiments south of the pike I cannot tell—opposing our brigade of three regiments, and these depleted by the absence of Company D of the 149th at Division headquarters, and Company K of the 150th in Washington, guarding the Presidential premises. Had the Rebs not been deceived as to our numbers, they would then in all probability have swept the Key Point, as Gen. Doubleday called our position; and how could our Corps commander have retrieved such a disaster, hard pressed as he was at all points. Was it chance, or destiny, that blinded Brehm and his men to the nearness of their capture at this important juncture? If the proximity of the enemy was unnoticed because they were then engaged in one of their hot discussions over their peculiar position, and what was best to do, it was a most fortunate co—incidence. If—as Stone quotes Nicholson of the Battle
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Affidavit of Supervisors of Co. C, 149th regiment. Pa. Vols. (search)
expressed himself on the subject. This he did in the following letter: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Office of board of inquiry, Washington, D. C., Sept. 26, 1896. My Dear Comrade:—I have read with much pleasure your excellent address on the First Day at Gettysburg, and I write to ask you to send me another copy for the U. S. Battlefield Commission, who are anxious to gather all the facts and to do justice to all who fought so well on that day. Our position is described by General Doubleday as the key point of the line of battle and the enemy so regarded it, as appears from their official reports and from the fact that they focussed 64 guns upon it, enveloping and enfilading both wings of our line. I am glad to see the incident of our flag properly understood; of course, I intended to take care of it, and would have done so in good time if I had been spared; but if I had not detached it the regiment could not have lived to do the grand work it did later in the action.