They would have been too late, and would have been recalled to Pipe Creek, with all other troops then in motion toward Gettysburg.
Two brigades of Pender's and one of Early's division had scarcely fired a shot.
Dole's, Hoke's, and Hays's brigades were in good condition.
The artillery was up, and had an admirable position to cover an assault, which could have been pushed under cover of the houses to within a few rods of the Union position.
The impartial military critic will admett the four brigades under Pettigrew and the two under Trimble charged.
Archer's brigade, under Colonel B. D. Fry, of the Thirteenth Alabama, was on the right and was the directing brigade of the whole force.
They made their assault in front of Hays's and Gibbon's division, Second Corps, in the vicinity of Ziegler's Grove. Stormed at with shot and shell, this column moved steadily on, closing up the gaps made and preserving the alignment.
They moved up splendidly, wrote a Northern office
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by Lee, while Meade's rear, under Warren, bivouacked five miles away at Auburn.
That delay, which General Lee says was due to being out of rations, allowed Meade to pass beyond him.
The next morning, the 14th, Ewell was sent via Auburn to Bristoe, and A. P. Hill by New Baltimore to the same place.
The former struck Warren's rear, the latter the head of his column at Bristoe, and attacked it with only two brigades, which were repulsed by the masterly management of Warren, who seized with Hays's division a cut on the railroad.
So skillfully was this done that Warren captured from Hill four hundred and fifty prisoners, five pieces of artillery, and two stand of colors, and passed his whole corps across the broad run, following Meade's rear without further molestation, though one half of Lee's army might have been hammering his head and the other half his tail.
The adventurous Stuart got caught near Auburn on the night of the 13th between two marching parallel columns of Federal