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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.26 (search)
ntended that the subsequent harshness of our enemies justified the course that Virginia and the South pursued. It is well known, and I am a personal witness of the fact, that as soon as he occupied the town of Gettysburg, in the first day's fight, he earnestly urged the immediate pursuit of the enemy. Unable for the moment to find Ewell, the corps commander, he sent a note to Lieutenant-General A. P. Hill, urging him to assume responsibility of ordering all the troops present to assail Cemetery Ridge at once; but before this could be arranged, General Ewell, and presently, General Lee appeared, and reports of cavalry threatening our left led to the determination to suspend operations until the morrow. Public opinion has generally concurred that a great opportunity went by; but Early, never pluming himself upon his prescience, has defended his superiors and endorsed the conclusion to which they came. His austere manners made the world look upon him as a cold, hard man, but nothing