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Early commanded the vanguard of the Army of Northern Virginia that now penetrated Pennsylvania
It was his division that made the decisive charge in the first day's battle at Gettysburg
when the scales were trembling in the balance; it was he, who, when that charge had so largely contributed to win us the victory with 5,000 prisoners of war, urged that our forces should pursue the attack; it was his division that took Cemetery Hill
in the second day's assault with the batteries that defended it, and had to give back because others failed.
This division was the rear-guard that covered Lee
's retreat, and I have never seen it present a sterner front than that 4th of July morning, 1864, when it stood ready to meet Meade
on Seminary Ridge
In this campaign a part of Early
's infantry, under Gordon
, but Early
himself being present, went farther north than any troops of the South
during the conflict, and at Wrightsville
, on the Susquehannah
, June 29, 1864, the Confederate
war shot forth its pinnacle of flame.