slothfulness in making the attack that day; and General Early
also charges him with failing to give the Commanding-General
that hearty and cordial support that was necessary to success.
As to the truth and justness of the first two of these allegations, General Longstreet
, if his statements are to be believed, seems to have answered pretty successfully.
And while I have not sufficient personal knowledge to speak of any of these charges, and have formed my conclusions as to them from the statements of facts and arguments of the respective parties, I believe at least that General Early
's charge as to the failure to give proper support is true.
had advised against the campaign and the battle, and by his own showing his heart was not in it.
In my opinion, while all these charges may be true, on a different ground, independent of them, he is responsible for the loss of the battle, and that ground cannot be fairly designated by any other term than that of the want of generalship
I commanded one of the five Alabama
infantry regiments of Brigadier-General Law
's brigade of Hood
's division, Longstreet
As to when the division left Chambersburg
, I don't pretend to know, for Law
's brigade was on picket some three or four miles southeast of that town on the 1st day of July, when, in the afternoon, the cannonading of the engagement between portions of Ewell
's and Hill
's corps and the Federals
, near Gettysburg
, was distinctly heard by us. About dark we received an order to be ready to move at any moment.
Subsequently, we were ordered to cook rations and be ready to move at 4 o'clock A. M. When that hour came, the brigade was put in motion, and after a rapid and fatiguing march, it arrived on the field within sight of Gettysburg
at about 2 o'clock P. M., having marched, as I now recollect, between twenty and twenty-five miles. When we arrived, Generals Lee
were together on an eminence in our front, and appeared to be inspecting, with field glasses, the positions of the Federals
We were allowed but a few minutes' rest, when the divisions of McLaws
were moved in line by the right flank around to the south of the Federal
There was a good deal of delay on the march, which was quite circuitous; I suppose, for the purpose of covering the movement from the enemy.
marched across the rear of McLaws
and went into line on the crest of a little ridge, with Benning
's brigade in rear of his centre, constituting a second line — his battalion of artillery, sixteen