In detailing the operations of my brigade in the battle of the 2d, it was stated that when the brigade on my right (Barksdale
's) advanced, mine moved off rapidly by the left flank seven or eight hundred yards, for the reason that it was the best, as it was the only move under the circumstances that could be made, and in this march crossed two fences, one of stone; then charged by the right flank, rose up the slope of the ridge on which lay the Emmettsburg road; was exposed to a terrible artillery fire from the left; crossed two fences before reaching the road, and then engaged the enemy at short range as they lay along that road.
As they gave way, my men and Barksdale
's impinged, and mine were made to incline slightly to the left.
For the information of General Longstreet
, and such other persons as may be disposed to belive an assertion of his, repeated a second time, as to the part taken in the battle of the 2d July by my brigade, Perry
's and Wright
's of Anderson
's division, I will here insert what General A. A. Humphreys
, Chief Engineer
, United States army, says on the subject.
Knowing that I had been confronted by the command of General Humphreys
in the afternoon of the 2d, when I read what General Longstreet
had written about myself personally and the brigades of Perry
, I addressed him a note, requesting information on certain points connected with our collision.
His reply was received too late to enable me to use the information he gave in my reply to General Longstreet
A few extracts will now be made from his letter.
It was as follows:
I did not, therefore, “go astray,” nor did I cause Perry
to wander off, as twice charged in the most direct and positive manner by General Longstreet
's three brigades, with