About three-fourths of a mile northeast from the intersection of the Salem Church and Bonaughtown roads, the cross-road above mentioned branches off to the northwest, towards Stuart
's position and the York pike
A piece of woods, which, since the battle, has been reduced in extent, covered the intersection of the Salem Church road and the cross-road on the side towards the enemy's position, extending about equi-distant on each road from a lane leading down to John Rummel's house and farm buildings on the north, to the Lott house
on the south, a total distance of about a half mile or more.
One side of this woods faced the northwest and the enemy's position.
Between the ridge on which the Reever house
stands, and along which the Salem Church road runs, and the higher ridge occupied by Stuart
, but nearer the latter, is a small creek known as Little
's run, starting from the spring-house at Pummel's. The open ground between the two ridges, which was comparatively level, and which extended about a-half mile in width, by a mile in length, afforded an excellent opportunity for the maneuvring of cavalry.
The Rummel farm
buildings, eventually, became the key point of the field, which lies about three miles east of Gettysburg
The force under Gregg
numbered about five thousand men, though not more than three thousand were actually engaged in the fight which occurred on the ground described.
It consisted of the three regiments of McIntosh
's Brigade, Irvin Gregg
's Brigade, and Custer
's Brigade, which, as will appear, remained on the field.
This last, known as the “Michigan Brigade,” was composed of the First, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Michigan Cavalry regiments, commanded by Colonels Town, Alger
, and Mann
, respectively, and Light Battery M, of the Second (regular) Artillery, commanded by Lieutenant A. C. M. Pennington
On the other hand, Stuart
had with him, as he states in his report, Hampton
's, Fitzhugh Lee
's, and W. H. F. Lee
's Brigades of cavalry, to which was added, for the proposed movements of the day, Jenkins
' Brigade of cavalry armed as mounted infantry with Enfield
This entire force has been