The mistake of General Gordon in moving his Division to the left of the line.
I will record here an opinion: That had General Gordon
not shifted his division from our pivotal right, the point of effecting ‘concentration,’ where was most needed the momentum of his splendid ‘firing line’ presence, it might never have fallen to his lot to deplore the morning halt in Early
's advance; and certainly no evening rout.
His attack on his commander must not be permitted to divert attention from General Gordon
's morning mistake, and its influence upon his evening mishap.
‘I am confident the services of the cavalry on the left flank cannot be overestimated.’
It was this check, duly given, that enabled Sheridan
to form his ranks for the evening assault and victory.