planned, in support of those of Pickett
, not only would the latter division, in all probability, have gained the enemy's works, as did that of Pickett
, but these two would have been enabled, with the aid of Hood
, to resist all efforts of the enemy to dislodge them.
The enemy closing in on Pickett
's Brigades, concentrating upon that small band of heroes the fire of every gun that could be brought to bear upon them, soon disintegrated and overpowered them.
Such as were not killed, disabled, and made captive, fell back to our lines.
It appears that General Longstreet
deemed it necessary to defend his right flank and rear with the divisions of McLaws
These divisions, as before stated, constituted all of the Confederate
line held by Longstreet
's troops, and it is not apparent how they were necessary to defend his flank and rear.
The nearest infantry force of the enemy, to our right, occupied the hills-Round Top and Little Round Top-and the only force that could be said to have threatened our flank and rear consisted of a few brigades of cavalry, so posted as to protect the enemy's left.
It is not my purpose here to undertake to establish the wisdom of an attack on the enemy's position on the third day, which General Longstreet
contends was opposed by his judgment, and of which he says he would have stayed the execution, had he felt that he had the privilege so to do; nor do I propose to discuss the necessities of his position, which he represents to have been such as to forbid the employment of McLaws
' and Hood
's Divisions in the attack; neither do I seek any other than a just explanation of the causes of our failure at that time; but well recalling my surprise and disappointment when it was ascertained that only Pickett
's Division, and the troops from Hill
's Corps had taken part in the movement, and with positively distinct impressions as to the occurrences just related, I deem it proper to record them for confirmation or refutation as the undisputed facts of the case, and the testimony of others, may determine.
After the assault on the enemy's works, on the 3d of July, there was no serious fighting at Gettysburg
The 4th passed in comparative quiet.
Neither army evinced any disposition to assail the other.
Notwithstanding the brilliant achievements of Ewell
and till on the first day, and the decided advantage gained by Longstreet
on the second, the failure of the operations of the third day, involving, as they did, but two divisions of the army, deprived us of the prestige of our previous successes, and gave a shadow of right to our adversary's claim of having gained a victory.
Their exultation, however, should be tempered with moderation, when we consider