The statement here made that the charge was made by Mahone
's brigade, with the Sixty-first, Twenty-fifth and Forty-ninth North Carolina and the Twenty-sixth and part of the Seventeenth South Carolina regiments, is as clearly incorrect as is the statement that Mahone
arrived about ten o'clock, after General Meade
issued his orders above referred to.
Against this statement as to time
we may safely place that of Colonel Venable
, of General Lee
's staff, made in 1872, in which he says: ‘I know that it is difficult to be accurate as to time on the battle-field, unless noted and written down at the moment.
But I am confident this charge of the Virginians was made before 9 o'clock A. M. I know, from my recollection of the notes received and answered by General Lee
, that after the charge, the formation of the Georgia
brigade, under Colonel Hall
, was completed, and after some delay was moved around under the slope, more to the right, and made a charge at 10 o'clock to recover that portion of the line on the right of the Crater.’
But we are not without a contemporaneous record to prove beyond all controversy that the charge of Mahone
's brigade was made prior to 9 o'clock A. M., and therefore to the several orders issued by General Meade
to suspend operations and withdraw the troops.
, in his testimony before the Committee
on the Conduct of the War
At 9 A. M. I received the following dispatch from General Burnside:
That was the first information I had received that there was any collision with the enemy, or that there was any enemy present.
At 9:30 A. M. the following dispatch was sent to General Burnside: