of a mile off.”
“Our own artillery commanding the same ground, no more hand-to-hand fighting occurred, but the wounded were removed, and the prisoners (a large number) taken to the rear.”
's artillery commanding the same ground as Gregg
's, no more hand-to-hand fighting occurred; in other words, Stuart
's forces were withdrawn from the attack, the attempt to carry Gregg
's position having utterly failed.
These words admit of no other construction.
's was the attacking force.
had been driven from the field, why did not Stuart
carry out his confessedly intended plan, and march to the rear of the Federal
line of battle?
The sentence which follows the statement that no more hand-to-hand fighting occurred, “but the wounded were removed and the prisoners taken to the rear,” is a quasi
confession that we were repulsed, but we succeeded in removing our prisoners and wounded.
So that, even in these apparently opposite statements, we find sufficient in Stuart
's report to prove the correctness of Gregg
The facts summed up, then, are these: Stuart
, on the 3d of July, attempted to reach the rear of the Federal
line of battle, but, encountering Gregg
's command, after a stubborn fight, in which the first mounted charge of Stuart
's troopers was partially successful, he was utterly and entirely defeated, and, under cover of night, retreated from his position before his successful antagonist.
A word as to one or two facts.
states that the last charge in the cavalry battle at Gettysburg
was made by Southern cavalry, and that by this charge his (Gregg
's) division was swept behind the protection of his artillery, and that the field remained in the undisputed possession of Stuart
, save that an artillery duel was maintained until night.
In each of these statements Major McClellan
has fallen into error.
The last charge was not made by the. Southern cavalry, unless it can be said that a repelling charge is not a charge.
Every charge made by Stuart
's cavalry on that day was met, and met successfully, by a counter-charge.
Nor were Gregg
's troops at any time on that day swept behind the protection of his artillery.
The Seventh Michigan Regiment was driven about half way across the open field in which the charge of the First Virginia and the other troops mentioned in Stuart
's report was made, but before it reached General Gregg
's artillery the attacking column was in flight, pursued by the First Michigan and portions of the Third Pennsylvania and First New Jersey Cavalry.
The field did not remain in Stuart
After the mounted charges had ceased, no part of Stuart
's command occupied any portion of the field except the line of skirmishers, which was