he could capture Culp's hill
and threaten the Federal
right; an offer he Would have hardly made had he known the formidable character of the rocky ascent to that hill.
After this, writes Early
said: ‘Well, if I attack upon my right, Longstreet
will have to make the attack.’
Then pausing, with head bowed in reflection, he looked up and added: ‘Longstreet
is a very good fighter when he gets in position and gets everything ready, but he is so slow.’
After his conference with Ewell
formed his plans for the 2d of July.
It was his intention to strike with his right at daylight, or as soon as practicable after that time; this to be followed by Ewell
on his left.
Returning to his headquarters, Lee
The latter urged that he withdraw his army from before Gettysburg
and place it between Meade
, and thus force the Federal
commander to offensive battle.
This was but an extension of Lee
's second suggestion to Ewell
about a concentration on his right.
Trusting to Ewell
's promise as to what he could do the next day, Lee
adhered to the plan he had already adopted, of an assault by both his wings; hoping that by so doing he could defeat the Federal
advance before its rear could close up, and bring about its defeat in detail.
He then ordered Longstreet
to move McLaws
to open the battle on his right, while Hill
engaged the center, and repeated his order to Ewell
for attacking Culp's hill
on the left, but not until he should hear Longstreet
's guns and thus be sure of a simultaneous movement and attack.
The divisions of Hood
, of the First corps, left their camps at Fayetteville
in the valley west of the South
mountain, on the morning of July 1st, and reached the valley of Willoughby run
, northwest of Gettysburg
, by midnight of that day, having been retarded by Ewell
's wagon train, in charge of Johnson
's division, which was on the road in their front.
The leading brigade, under Kershaw
, bivouacked within two miles of Gettysburg
's division was left at Chambersburg
, in charge of the reserve trains, and Law
's brigade at New Guilford.
During the night of the 1st Longstreet
to march forward at 4 a. m. of the 2d, but later this was changed to ‘early in the morning.’
The same night he ordered Law and Pickett
to march to Gettysburg
on the 2d.