rendered it impossible to obtain accurate information.”
The army, therefore, moved forward, as a man might walk over strange ground with his eyes shut.
says of his orders to Stuart
: “General Stuart
was left to guard the passes of the mountains and to observe the movements of the enemy, who he was instructed to harass and impede as much as possible, should he attempt to cross the Potomac
In that event, General Stuart
was directed to move into Maryland
, crossing the Potomac
on the east or west of the Blue Ridge
, as in his judgment should be best, and take position on the right of our column as it advanced.”
My corps crossed the Potomac
, and General A. P. Hill
crossed at Shepherdstown
Our columns were joined together at Hagerstown
, and we marched thence into Pennsylvania
, reaching Chambersburg
on the evening of the 27th.
At this point, on the night of the 29th, information was received by which the whole plan of the campaign was changed.
We had not heard from the enemy for several days, and General Lee
was in doubt as to where he was; indeed, we did not know that he had yet left Virginia
At about ten o'clock that night, Colonel Sorrell
, my chief-of-staff, was waked by an orderly, who reported that a suspicious person had just been arrested by the provost marshal
Upon investigation, Sorrell
discovered that the suspicious person was the scout Harrison
that I had sent out at Culpepper
He was dirt-stained, travel-worn, and very much broken down.
After questioning him sufficiently to find that he brought very important information, Colonel Sorrell
brought him to my headquarters and awoke me. He gave the information that the enemy had crossed the Potomac
, marched northwest, and that the head of his column was at Frederick City, on our right.
I felt that this information was exceedingly important, and might involve a change in the direction of our march.
had already issued orders that we were to advance toward Harrisburg
I at once sent the scout to General Lee
's headquarters, and followed him myself early in the morning.
I found General Lee
up, and asked him if the information brought by the scout might not involve a change of direction of the head of our column to the right.
He immediately acquiesced in the suggestion, possibly saying that he had already given orders to that effect.
The movement toward the enemy was begun at once.
marched toward Gettysburg
, and my corps followed, with the exception of Pickett
's Division, which was left at Chambersburg
by General Lee
was recalled from above-he having advanced as far as Carlisle
I was with General Lee
most of that day (the