the field at 2:30, and at once attacked the enemy, and was soon reinforced by Early
The Union forces were driven back with serious loss, as has been stated.
's division of Hill
's corps came upon the field after the fighting had ceased.
One brigade of it (Wilcox
's) and a battery were placed on picket one and a quarter miles south of the Chambersburg
road, near a mill on Marsh creek
's division of Ewell
's corps reached the field a little before dark; Hood
's divisions of Longstreet
's corps during the night, and bivouacked east of Marsh creek
None of these four divisions had been engaged.
All of General Lee
's infantry was now up and in hand, except Pickett
's division of three brigades.
Of the eight divisions present, four had been fiercely engaged during the day.
has been charged with not attacking early the next morning as ordered.
Some say he was ordered to attack at sunrise, but this he denies, and adduces, in support of his denial, several letters from staff officers of General Lee
, in which they concur in the statement that they knew nothing of orders to him to attack at that hour.
is of the opinion that these letters disprove the charge that he was ordered to renew the battle at sunrise;
but whilst he is mistaken in this, they nevertheless produce the impression that there were no such orders.
having disposed of, as he supposes, the alleged charge of not attacking at sunrise on the morning of the 2d, goes farther, and says that when he left General Lee
on the night of the 1st, he did so without any orders at all, and that it was 11 o'clock in the morning of the 2d when he was ordered to move around and attack the extreme left of the enemy.
There was at the time a general impression that General Longstreet
's attack was made too late, and had it been made earlier it would have been followed by a decided victory, and there would have been no third day's battle.
And there was also a suspicion or feeling that he had been ordered to make his attack earlier than he did. Early in the morning
was the time generally supposed his attack would be made.
The impression that orders were given during the night for an early attack on the enemy's left is strengthened by the statements of officers who are entitled to credit.
, the Adjutant-General
with General Lee
, says: “His (General Lee
's) mind was evidently occupied with the idea of renewing the assault upon the enemy's right with the dawn of day on the 2d. * * * * He determined to make the ”