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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 8: commands the army defending Richmond, and seven days battles. (search)
ith great slaughter from every position but one, which he maintained till he was enabled to withdraw under cover of darkness.
Jackson reached the battlefield on July 1st, having succeeded in crossing the swamp, and was directed to continue the pursuit down the Willis Church road, and soon came upon the enemy, who occupied the higuart took up his march to again place himself on Jackson's left, reaching the rear of the Federals at Malvern Hill at the close of the engagement on the night of July 1st.
The next day the Federals, having again retreated, were pursued by Lee, with his cavalry in front, in the midst of a violent storm, which somewhat retarded the his material in order to save his men, under cover of the gunboats, and that if none of them escaped, they would at least have done honor to the country.
On July 1st his army was at Haxall's plantation, on the James, and McClellan says he dreaded the result if he was attacked; that if possible he would retire that night to Ha
over, Pa., prevented two infantry corps from reaching Meade until the second day at Gettysburg, and drew in pursuit of his three cavalry brigades two Federal cavalry divisions, and after ceaseless combats and night marches reached Dover, Pa., on July 1st.
Whole regiments slept in their saddles, their faithful animals keeping the road unguided.
Without rations for men, and with horses exhausted, Stuart arrived at Carlisle the day Hill and Ewell were engaged at Gettysburg.
He wanted to levy a cves, would not surrender the place.
Its probable capture the next day was prevented by news received for the first time of General Lee's position and intentions.
Stuart did not know until he received a dispatch from General Lee on the night of July 1st where he was, for the Union army had been between his march and his own army.
Leaving Carlisle, he marched at once for Gettysburg, prevented a movement of the enemy's cavalry on Lee's rear by way of Hunterstown, and took his position on the Yor
Gettysburg, he could have easily massed his whole army on July 1st there; but he was in no hurry to precipitate a battle, anion, he would take his whole division there the next day, July 1st, and get the shoes, to which Hill replied, None in the wooward Cashtown and Hunterstown.
In an order of march for July 1st, Meade, not knowing Lee was so near, directed the First an's Heights, one mile west of Gettysburg, at 9 A. M. on July 1st, deployed two brigades on either side of the road, and ad if practicable.
Had Ewell decided to go forward on the 1st of July, the Southern troops would have been in line of battle oWilloughby Run flows between them, and here the combat of July 1st opened.
Closer to the town and about half a mile west ofng Hill's corps, joined him, at 5 P. M., the afternoon of July 1st, on Seminary Ridge, where both made a careful survey with, after the war, had he occu-pied Culp's Hill at 4 P. M., July 1st, it would have produced the with-drawal of the Federal tr