30th). At about noon, the road in front of my corps was blocked by Hill
's Corps and Ewell
's wagon train, which had cut into the road from above.
The orders were to allow these trains to precede us, and that we should go into camp at Greenwood
, about ten miles from Chambersburg
My infantry was forced to remain in Greenwood
until late in the afternoon of the 1st; my artillery did not get the road until two o'clock on the morning of the 2d.
spent the night with us, establishing his headquarters, as he frequently did, a short distance from mine.
says of the movements of this day: “Preparation had been made to advance upon Harrisburg
; but, on the night of the 29th, information was received from a scout that the enemy had crossed the Potomac
, was advancing northward, and that the head of his column had already reached South Mountain
As our communication with the Potomac
were thus menaced, it was resolved to prevent its further progress in that direction by concentrating our army on the east side of the mountains.”
On the morning of the 1st, General Lee
and myself left his headquarters together, and had ridden three or four miles, when we heard heavy firing along Hill
The firing became so heavy that General Lee
left me and hurried forward to see what it meant.
After attending to some details of my march, I followed.
The firing proceeded from the engagement between our advance and Reynolds
' Corps, in which the Federals
This rencontre was totally unexpected on both sides.
As an evidence of the doubt in which General Lee
was enveloped, and the anxiety that weighed him down during the afternoon, I quote from General R. H. Anderson
the report of a conversation had with him during the engagement.
was resting with his division at Cashtown
, awaiting orders.
About ten o'clock in the morning he received a message notifying him that General Lee
desired to see him. He found General Lee
intently listening to the fire of the guns, and very much disturbed and depressed.
At length he said, more to himself than to General Anderson
cannot think what has become of Stuart
; I ought to have heard from him long before now. He may have met with disaster, but I hope not. In the absence of reports from him, I am in ignorance as to what we have in front of us here.
It may be the whole Federal army, or it may be only a detachment.
If it is the whole Federal force we must fight a battle here; if we do not gain a victory, those defiles and gorges through which we passed this morning will shelter us from disaster.”
When I overtook General Lee
, at five o'clock that afternoon, he