turned southward, behind Hill
's corps posted on Seminary ridge
, and halted near the Black Horse tavern
, where the Hagerstown
road crosses Marsh creek
did not get into his assigned position until about 9.
The most opportune time for the assault had passed, but there was yet time to rout Meade
's left, if the attack were promptly made.
The Federals had not yet occupied the two commanding heights of Round Top
and Little Round Top
, that dominated their left on the south, and Meade
's army in hand was held within a narrow compass on the Cemetery and Culp hills
pointed out to McLaws
, on the map, the position on the Emmitsburg
road, at right angles to that near the peach orchard, that he desired him to occupy, telling him to gain that, if possible, without being seen by the enemy.
interposed, directing McLaws
to place his line parallel to the turnpike.
promptly made reply: ‘No, General, no; I want his position perpendicular to the Emmitsburg
road,’ thus clearly indicating his design to move squarely upon the Federal
Shortly after 9, Lee
would thus take position, nearly perpendicular to Hill
's line, and drive the enemy toward Gettysburg
After having given these orders for immediate attack by Longstreet
rode to Ewell
's position, on his left, finding the latter still confident that he could turn the Federal
right on Culp's hill
, while Early
, who had been waiting in line since 2 o'clock in the morning, was ready to advance on Cemetery hill
, from the streets of Gettysburg
After waiting impatiently, with Ewell
, for Longstreet
to begin the attack, Lee
rode back, at about noon, to Seminary ridge
, to ascertain what had detained Longstreet
The latter, in his official report, after stating the orders he had received from Lee
to attack, adds: ‘Fearing that my force was too weak to venture to make an attack, I delayed until General Law
's brigade joined its division (Hood
Law arrived about noon, after a march of 24 miles in the preceding half day, and at 1 o'clock Longstreet
began his forward movement.
Two hours were consumed in marches and countermarches, in a vain effort to conceal the movement from the Federal
signal station on Round Top
, and it was about 4 in the afternoon before the corps was in position for beginning the attack.