was seen here and there, running back from one boulder to another.
In this manner I pressed forward until I reached the top and the highest point on top of Round Top
. Just before reaching this point, the Federals
in my front as suddenly disappeared from my sight as though commanded by a magician.
From the top of the mountain a Federal soldier could not be seen, except a few wounded and dead ones on the ground over which we had advanced.
Here I halted and permitted my men to lie down to rest.
The Forty-seventh Alabama regiment was on my immediate left — had kept in line with me during the ascent and halted in line with my regiment on Round Top
. The Fourth Alabama was to the left of the Forty-seventh, and was not on the top, but on the side of Round Top
, towards and perhaps as far as Vincent Spur.
During my halt, which continued less than ten minutes, from about Vincent Spur along to the left and about the foot and southern face of Little Round Top
, the battle was raging furiously.
I think not more than five minutes after I halted, Captain Terrell
, A. A. G. to General Law, rode up and inquired why I had halted.
I told him that the position I then occupied was, in my opinion, a very important one, and should be held by us. He informed me that the order was to press forward.
I replied that some of my men, from heat and exhaustion, were fainting, and could fight a great deal better after a few minutes of rest, and inquired for General Law. He then informed me that General Hood
was wounded and that Law, who was the senior brigadier
, was in command of the division, and was along the line somewhere to the left, and said that General Law's order was for me and Colonel Bulger
to lose no time, but to pressforward and drive the enemy before us as far as possible.
To move then was against my judgment.
I felt confident that General Law did not know my position, or he would not order me from it, and this was my reason for inquiring for him. I had not seen him nor any other general officers after crossing the branch at the foot of the mountain, and am confident that no Confederate general nor staff officer, other than Captain Terrell
, ascended Round Top
at any time during the engagement.
In fact, I saw no general officer until the morning of the 3d of July.
But notwithstanding my conviction of the importance of holding Round Top
and occupying it with artillery, which I endeavored to communicate to General Law through Captain Terrell
, I considered it to be my duty to obey the order communicated to me by the latter,, who was a trustworthy and gallant officer.
I ordered my line forward,