[The following paper is not properly one of our “Gettysburg
series,” and was not called forth by our enquiry for detailed narratives by active participants, nor by anything which we have published.
In the early part of last year the Philadelphia Times
announced that it had engaged General Longstreet
to prepare his account of Gettysburg
, and his article appeared in that paper on the 3d of November last.
But we have no hesitancy in republishing the paper, although it was not written for our pages, and we are under no obligation to copy
an article which has first appeared elsewhere.
's position as second in command at Gettysburg
, the important part he bore in the great battle, his unquestioned gallantry, and the fact that he commanded as noble a corps as ever fought for any cause-all demand that, in addition to his official report (which our Society published for the first time), we shall put into permanent form the narrative which he now gives of these great events.
We, therefore, print the paper in full.]
It has been my purpose for some years to give to the public a detailed history of the campaign of Gettysburg
, from its inception to its disastrous close.
The execution of this task has been delayed by reason of a press of personal business, and by reason of a genuine reluctance that I have felt against anything that might, even by implication, impugn the wisdom of my late comrades
My sincere feeling upon this subject is best expressed in the following letter, which was written shortly after the battle of Gettysburg
, when there was a sly under-current of misrepresentation of my course, and in response to an appeal from a respected relative that I would make some reply to my accusers: