The order of march into the enemy's country was left in front; first Ewell
's, then Hill
's, and, lastly, Longstreet
's corps, of which Armistead
's and Kemper
's brigades of Pickett
's Division, brought up the rear.
The other two brigades, those of Corse
, were absent on detached service.
We reached Chambersburg
early on the evening of June 27th, and stayed there until hastily summoned to the scene of hostilities on the morning of the 2d of July, having been employed in the meantime, in tearing up the railroad track and demolishing the depot and other buildings.
A forced march of twentyfive miles brought us, at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, to the stone bridge on the Cashtown and Gettysburg Turnpike
, within cannon shot of the battle-field.
Here General Pickett
sent Col. Walter Harrison
, of his staff, to tell General Lee
of our arrival and readiness for action.