s been the subject alike of adverse criticism and approval by military authorities.
It was to turn this line and obtain possession of Little Round Top, the key of the Federal position, that Longstreet made the memorable assault, early in the afternoon, upon the lines of Sickles and Doubleday.
The Third Corps was the extreme left, its infantry in front and behind it artillery,—several Massachusetts batteries, among them Bigelow's and Phillips's, and several companies under Capt. McGilvry of Maine.
Later, the Fifth Corps arrived and were in position, and afterward the left wing was further reinforced by the infantry of the Sixth Corps.
Before this line was a ravine, and beyond the ravine, sloping down to a stone-wall, was a wheatfield.
There was a skirmish at noon near the Emmetsburg road, for the possession of some cattle.
This brought on the engagement of the day.
Nothing could exceed the vim, the terrible energy of the Confederate attack.
Between two and three o'clock the