Sleeping on the ground.
When the army halted on the night of the 8th, General Lee
and his staff turned out of the road into a dense woods to seek some rest.
The General had a conference with some of the principal officers, at which it was determined to try to force our way the next morning with the troops of Gordon
, supported by the cavalry under General Fitz Lee
, the command of Longstreet
bringing up the rear.
With my comrades of the staff and staff officers of General Longstreet
and General Gordon
, I sought a little much needed repose.
We lay upon the ground, near the road, with our saddles for pillows, our horses picketed near by, and eating the bark from the trees for want of better provender, and with our faces covered with the capes of our overcoats to keep out the night air.