Before proceeding, however, we may best here give briefly the outcome of Johnson
He had been ordered by Ewell
to attack at daylight, under the impression that Longstreet
would attack at the same hour.
In fact, however, Longstreet
received no orders during the night, and the troops required for his attack could not be gotten into their positions before noon. Johnson
, however, was himself attacked by the enemy at daylight at a point where he was still holding the trenches he had found abandoned the night before.
He repulsed the Federal
assault and attempted to follow the fugitives, but was repulsed.
Heavy firing was kept up from behind rocks, trees, and parapets until near noon. Rumors of movements of the enemy upon his left, which afterward proved to be false, then led him to withdraw to the base of the hill where he remained unmolested until night, when he was at last recalled to the west of the town.
His losses were about 1873, showing that the fighting was severe.
's headquarters were beyond the Chambersburg pike
, about four miles by road from the scene of battle on our right.
During the night the Washington artillery was brought up and disposed with the rest of Longstreet
's guns about the Peach Orchard
, with the intention of resuming the battle in the morning.
During the night Longstreet
had sent scouts in search of a way by which he might turn the enemy's left and believed he had found one with some promise of success.
Soon after sunrise, while Longstreet
awaited the arrival of Pickett
's division with Dearing
's battalion of artillery, intending then to extend his right, Lee
joined him and proposed an assault upon the enemy's left centre by Longstreet
's three divisions.
demurred, and, as had occurred on the day before, some time was spent in discussion and examination.
Although the opposing lines were in full view and easy range of each other, neither seemed anxious to begin an action.
The enemy's guns were generally behind breastworks on the high hills and ridges with ample covering in rear for their horses and caissons.
Ours, posted before daylight, stood exposed on gently rolling ground about the Peach Orchard
The enemy fired occasional shots, but not enough to force us to reply, and we were