that, had a prolonged struggle taken place that evening (after the dispositions which I have already described as having been made by me), portions at least, of both the Second and Third corps, might have been brought forward in time to have taken part in it. For a sudden assault or a brief contest, they would not, however, have been available before dark. In reference to the numbers of the First corps, after it had fallen back from in front of the town, and reformed on Cemetery Hill, I have seen a statement in Bates' “Battle of Gettysburg,” page 82, fixing them at 2,450 men; but as to the correctness of this estimate, I cannot speak with any certainty. As to the Eleventh corps, I have already stated that [ did not think there were more than 1,000 to 1,200 organized men of that corps in position on Cemetery Hill at the time I arrived there, and these were a portion of Steinwehr's division, which, with the artillery of the corps, was left there by Howard when he marched up in the morning. In reference to the numbers of the Second, Third, and Twelfth corps, our returns of June 30th give their strength, “present for duty,” as follows:
The Fifth corps came up during the night of the 1st, and morning of 2nd, from Hanover-see following extract from testimony of General S. W. Crawford, who commanded a division in that corps, on that point:
|Second corps,||12,088 men.|
|Third corps,||11,799 men.|
|Twelfth corps,||8,056 men.|
I was in the rear division of the corps (Fifth), and on the evening of the 1st July I marched through Hanover and along the road through McSherrytown, marching until between two and three o'clock in the morning, and bivouacked at a town called Brushtown; and before dawn on Thursday, the 2nd of July, a staff-officer of General Sykes, then commanding the corps, rode to my headquarters and directed me to march my men, without giving them any coffee, at once to the field. I placed the column in motion and arrived before noon in the rear of the other divisions of the corps....