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upported by Whitaker's brigade, of Cruft's division, was ordered to proceed up the valley, cross the creek near Wauhatchie, and march down, sweeping the rebels from it. The other brigade of the Fourth corps was to advance, seize the bridge just below the railroad, and repair it. Osterhaus's division was to march up from Brown's Ferry, under cover of the hills, to the place of crossing; also to furnish supports for the batteries.
The Ohio battery was to take a position on Bald Hill, and the New-York battery on the hill directly in the rear.
The Second Kentucky cavalry was despatched to observe the movements of the enemy in the direction of Trenton, and the Illinois company to perform orderly and escort duty.
This disposition of the forces was ordered to be made as soon after daylight as practicable.
The enemy — Lookout Mountain and the valleys
At this time the enemy's pickets formed a continuous line along the right bank of Lookout Creek, with the reserves in the valleys, while
61.-battle of Gettysburgh.
New-York, March 1, 1864.
The battle of Gettysburgh is the decisive battle of this war. It not only saved the North from invasion, but turned the tide of victory in our favor.
The opinion of Europe on the failure of the rebellion dates from this great conflict.
How essential, then, that its real history should be known!
Up to this moment no clear narrative has appeared.
The sketches of the press, the reports of Generals Halleck and Meade, and the oration of Mr. Everett give only phases of this terrible struggle, and that not very correctly.
To supply this hiatus, I send you a connected and, I hope, lucid review of its main features.
I have not ventured to touch on the thrilling incidents and affecting details of such a strife, but have confined myself to a succinct relation of its principal events and the actors therein.
My only motive is to vindicate history — do honor to tile fallen and justice to the survivors when unfairly impeached.