all threatened, one of the divisions of Hood
, and the greater portion of the other, could be removed out of the lines and be made to take part in the attack.
Indeed, it was designed, originally, that the two divisions last named, reinforced by Pickett
, should make the attack; and it was only because of the apprehensions of General Longstreet
that his corps was not strong enough for the movement, that General Hill
was called on to reinforce him. Orders were sent to General Hill
to place Heth
's Division and two brigades of Pender
's at General Longstreet
's disposal, and to be prepared to give him further assistance if requested.
The assault was to have been made with a column of not less than two divisions, and the remaining divisions were to have been moved forward in support of those in advance.
This was the result of the conference alluded to, as understood by me. Lieutenant General A. P. Hill
appears to have had the same impression, for he says, in his report of the operations of his corps at this time:
I was directed to hold my line with Anderson's Division and the half of Pender's, now commanded by General Lane, and to order Heth's Division, commanded by Pettigrew, and Lane's and Scales' Brigades, of Pender's Division, to report to Lieutenant General Longstreet, as a support to his corps, in the assault on the enemy's lines.
proceeded at once to make the dispositions for attack, and General Lee
rode along the portion of the line held by A. P. Hill
's Corps, and finally took position about the Confederate
centre, on an elevated point, from which he could survey the field and watch the result of the movement.
After a heavy artillery fire along the entire line, and at a given signal, the movement began, but the plan agreed on was not carried out. The only troops that participated in the attack were the divisions of Pickett
(First Corps) and Heth
(Third Corps)-the latter, since the wounding of General Heth
, commanded by General Pettigrew
-and thy brigades of Lane
, and Wilcox
The two divisions were formed in advance, the three brigades as their support.
The divisions of Hood
(First Corps) were passive spectators of the movement.
To one who observed the charge, it appeared that Pettigrew
's line was not a continuation of that of Pickett
, but that it advanced in echelon.
would seem that there was some confusion in forming the troops, for Captain Louis
(r. Young, of General Pettigrew
's staff, says:
On the morning of the 3d of July, General Pettigrew, commanding Heth's Division, was instructed to report to General Longstreet, who directed him to form in the rear of Pickett's Division, and support his advance upon Cemetery Hill, which would be commenced as soon as the fire from our artillery should have driven the