the enemy's line, and my attack was therefore made against the forces in my front.
The order for the advance had scarcely been given, when I received a message from the Commanding-General
, anticipating some such emergency, and ordering the move which was then going on, at the same time offering me Major-General Anderson
soon joined me, and a few minutes after Major-General Anderson
arrived with his division.
The attack was led by Hood
's brigades, closely supported by Evans
These were rapidly reinforced by Anderson
's division from the rear, Kemper
's three brigades, and D. R. Jones
' division from the right, and Wilcox
's brigade from the left.
The brigades of Brigadier-Generals Featherston
became detached, and operated with a portion of General Jackson
The attacking columns moved steadily forward, driving the enemy from his different positions as rapidly as he took them.”
We see that in this extract from his official report he does not claim so much.
Instead of several batteries, he here mentions only two.
Both of these batteries were ordered up after his joining Hood
, and in the crisis of the assault.
One was soon at work, and, according to his report, the enemy began to retire before the second could be put in position, and in ten minutes after the second was put in position, he says that portion of the army of the Federals
was put to flight.
Further along he mentions these batteries as playing upon the confused masses.
Here he states that he moved against the enemy in his front, and does not lead one to infer, as in the Gettysburg
article, that he pursued and followed up the crushed column, already defeated in front of Jackson
I here remark that the distance of these batteries used by General Longstreet
from the enemy was too great for the magical service claimed for them during the necessarily short time they were engaged.
They no doubt did good service — as good service as any batteries could have done at their distance, but all the honor of crushing that terrible onslaught on Jackson
by the surging masses, so vividly described by Longstreet
, does not belong to them.
and eighteen other pieces of artillery, much nearer, are entitled to that honor, which, as indicated by General Longstreet
, was the turning point of the battle.
It was the moment when, as he states, he saw an easy victory in his grasp.
These eighteen guns were between Longstreet
, on the ridge separating them.
They were placed about dawn in position by Colonel S. D. Lee
, upon consultation with General J. B. Hood
; but before sunrise Colonel Lee