brigades and does not mention Perry
's, which was to the right of Wright
's and on the left and a little in rear of mine when we advanced.
If General Lee
meant that Wright
and the left of McLaws
fell back in the order mentioned, he is incorrect.
I did not see Wright
's brigade during the battle.
brigade was on my left, and that I did see. My brigade did not fall back in the sense of General Lee
's report — was not compelled to retire, being attacked on both flanks and in front.
When I sent for reinforcements in order to continue the advance, though it was then nearly dark, and they were not sent me, I recalled the brigade, not seeing any Confederate troops on its right.
There were four guns in its front and I believe but little infantry.
The map of the second day's battle represents Wilcox
's and Wright
's brigades all in line at the extreme point of the advance reached, and Barksdale
's on the right of Wilcox
's with four regiments, and one of his regiments separated by a considerable distance to the right.
Then there is a much wider interval between this detached regiment and the left of Wofford
's brigade, the nearest Confederate troops to the right of it.
I will now make reference to official reports, and it will, I think, be made clear that General Longstreet
did not attack as he was ordered, to say nothing of his long delay, which has not as yet been satisfactorily explained.
In General Lee
's report of this (second) day's battle, we find “General Lonstreet was ordered
to place the two divisions of McLaws
on the right of Hill
, partially enveloping the enemy's left, which he was to drive in
” (the italics are mine). “General Hill
was ordered to threaten the enemy's centre, to prevent reinforcements being drawn to either wing and co-operating with his right division in Longstreet
Lieutenant-General A. P. Hill
says in his report: “General Longstreet
was to attack the extreme left
of the enemy and sweep down his line, and I was to co-operate with him with such of my brigades from the right as could join in with his troops in the attack.”
Major-General R. H. Anderson
, my division commander, states it in these words: “Shortly after my line had been formed, I received notice that General Longstreet
would occupy the ground on the right, and that his line would be in direction nearly at right angles with mine — that he would assault the extreme left
of the enemy and drive him towards Gettysburg
I was at the same time ordered to put the troops of my division into action by brigade so soon as those of Longstreet
's corps had progressed so far in their assault as to connect ”