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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), How General A. P. Hill met his fate. (search)
ps in a rapid retreat in a northwesterly direction, their object being to reach Goode's bridge and cross over to the north side of the Appomattox. The troops along that portion of the line which were assaulted by the Sixth corps were mainly of Wilcox's division and Heth's division of Hill's corps. Those stationed to the right of the breach retreated east and north to the inner line of strong forts around Petersburg. Those to the left of the breach went north and west in the direction of thecorps, which had crossed the works west of Hatcher's Run, and turning eastward, met the Sixth corps, which faced about and came back to the point where it had entered the Confederate lines. When General Hill came to the lost ground in front of Wilcox's line it was not occupied, except by a few soldiers of Keifer's brigade, a portion of which had not turned westward with the main body after crossing the Confederate works, but had kept straight ,on in the direction of the Southside Railroad.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
llel to the Emmitsburg road. No, General, said General Lee, I want his division perpendicular to the Emmitsburg road. (Addresses Savannah Veterans' Association, 1896, pages 68, 69.) Further light is thrown upon the matter by the reports of Wilcox. and Anderson, of Hill's corps. It was part of Lee's plan that this corps should occupy the Confederate centre on July 2d, and that Longstreet should bring his divisions upon the field immediately to the right of Hill. Anderson's division, however, was a mile and a half west of Gettysburg on the morning of July 2d (O. R., XXVII, Part II, page 613.) The brigade of Wilcox, Anderson's division, did not begin the advance movement until 7 A. M., and it was 9 A. M. when the brigade took its position in line of battle on Seminary Ridge. (Idem, page 617.) These quotations furnish us a full explanation of Hood's indefinite letter, and show that Longstreet was delinquent in not hastening up his troops to Seminary Ridge as Lee had ordered;
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Gettysburg. (search)
rson's division, on the 2d, and of Perry's and Wilcox's on the 3d, were in every sense as brilliant ile in our front. While taking this position, Wilcox engaged three or four regiments of the enemy pe enemy's works. I had orders to connect with Wilcox's left, and move with him. As soon as Pickett'e other brigades, in their order to the left. Wilcox and his unconquerable Alabamians moved out at and well until ordered by me to retire, after Wilcox had been forced back by overwhelming numbers, nd yet Perry's brigade moved side by side with Wilcox's during that entire day, losing nearly two-thhe right centre, and Perry the left centre. Wilcox was to advance first, to be followed by the otpiece of woods to his proper place, on the 2d, Wilcox became engaged with the enemy, and soon repulsance to the attack, in the order given above. Wilcox moved forward promptly, followed by Lang, who,le to storm. First, Pickett retired, and then Wilcox and Lang—each having suffered frightful losses[14 more...]