, Rodes's brigade, Darksville, Va., July 17th, 1863. Lieutenant Samuel H. Moore, A. A. A. General, Rodes's Brigade:
Lieutenant,—I have the honor to make the following report of the action of the Corps of Sharpshooters, under my command, during the battles of the 1st, 2d and 3d July.
The corps was deployed two miles from Gettysburg with the left resting upon the Heidlersburg Pike.
After receiving instructions from General Rodes to keep connected with those on my right, and feel for General Early's advance on the left, I moved steadily forward upon the town, driving in the cavalry videttes, posted in the road, and on commanding hills.
About half a mile from the suburbs a large force of cavalry was observed in line, with a heavy line of men dismounted as skirmishers, the former charged us twice, but were easily repulsed.
After an hour or more of active skirmishing, the enemy's infantry advanced in force through the town, and under cover of a cloud of skirmishers, moved upon ou