, with Ramseur
's brigade 100 yards in rear of Colquitt
on the right.
's three brigades formed in line with Ramseur
, and in the following order from the left: Nichols
About half of each division was on each side of the pike, and two Napoleons of Breathed
's horse artillery stood in the pike ready to follow the skirmishers.
Two hundred yards behind Colston
, A. P. Hill
had deployed Pender
on the left of the pike.
, and Heth
were coming in column down the pike.
were following, but some miles behind.
had made his play so far with fair success, and he now stood ready with over 20,000 men to surprise Howard
He was sure of an important victory, but the fruits to be reaped from it would be limited for two reasons.
1st. Two brigades were some hours behind, for Archer
, without orders, had taken them to protect the rear.
There were now but two hours of daylight left, and only in daylight can the fruits of victories be gathered.
The question is suggested whether or not time had been anywhere lost unnecessarily.
It would seem that 12 hours should not be needed to march 14 miles and form 20,000 men in line of battle.
Briefly, it may be said, that with good broad roads, or with troops formed, ready to march at the word, and disciplined to take mud holes and obstructions without loss of distance, two hours could have been saved.
But none of these conditions existed.
Especially was time lost in the morning in getting the column formed.
reports it about 8 A. M. before the start was made.
Further on, his report notes, ‘a delay was caused by an endeavor on our part to entrap some Federal cavalry.’
There may have been, during the morning, lack of appreciation of the value, even of the minutes, in an enterprise of the character now on foot, and an inadequate idea of the distance to be covered.
Some time was also lost in deploying Pender
's brigade in the third line just before the charge was ordered.
It would have saved a half-hour of great value to have ordered the charge as soon as the 2d line was formed, and allowed A. P. Hill
's division to follow Rodes
in column from the first, as they actually did at last.
For, after advancing some distance through the tangled undergrowth, Pender
's brigade was brought back to