But when Major Johnston
, who was conducting my division, came suddenly in view of Round Top
, with the enemy's signal flags waving thereon, he appeared equally astonished as I was; and, therefore, if General Lee
was relying on his report, he was misinformed as to the true condition of affairs.
I had been forbiden to reconnoitre; so had my engineer officer.
had not done it, and General Lee
had not; and therefore it must have been that Major Johnston
had gone there early in the morning, and not seeing any one had so reported, and if after that time a different state of affairs was known by anybody to exist, it had not been reported to either General Lee
or General Longstreet
; at least it appears so. All this resulted from defective and deficient organization of our staff corps; not from anybody's fault, but from the force of circumstances.
We read since the war that there was an abundance of reconnoitering on our left, but very little, if any, on our right.
The night of the 2d was spent in reorganization and attending the wounded, as I had one Brigadier-General
) killed, one (General Semmes
) mortally wounded, and many colonels and officers of less rank killed and wounded.
The Chief Surgeon
reported that I had lost in killed, wounded and missing twenty-three hundred and forty.
One company, numbering thirty-seven, had, by the bursting of a shell in its front as it went into the charge, lost thirty men--six killed, leaving but seven unhurt.
I will read here a short extract from General Longstreet
's account of the charge of the divisions of Hood
and myself, as he was in position to see general results untrammelled by attention to details:
Before pursuing this narrative further, I shall say a word or two concerning this assault.
I am satisfied that my force, numbering hardly thirteen thousand men, encountered during that three and a half hours of bloody work, not less than sixty-five thousand of the Federals, and yet their charge was not checked nor their line broken until we ordered them to withdraw.
Mr. Whitelaw Reid, writing a most excellent account of this charge to the Cincinnati Gazette, says: “It was believed from the terrific attack that the whole Rebel army, Ewell's corps included, was massed on our centre and left, and so a single brigade was left to hold the rifle pits on the right and the rest hurried across the little neck of land to strengthen our weakening lines.”
He describes, too, the haste with which corps after corps was hurried forward to the left to check the advance of my two-thirds of one corps.