dated, with the facts of the campaign as reflected in the reports of Ewell
Either Colonel Venable
in writing the letter from memory made a mistake in dating it the 28th, or General Lee
and General Longstreet
, and General Long
and Colonel Marshall
and Colonel Taylor
were all mistaken in the belief that the change in the plans of the campaign was due to the arrival of a scout on the night of the 28th.
Which is the more likely supposition?
If it was written on the 29th, it is in complete harmony with Gen. Lee
But even if it were granted that Lee
knew on the 27th of June that Hooker
had crossed the Potomac
, this fact would not advance one step the contention of Colonel Mosby
had no need of Stuart
's cavalry with his army during those critical days from June 27th to July 1st.
In order to confirm his denial that General Lee
intended to concentrate his army at Harrisburg
, Colonel Mosby
points to the fact that A. P. Hill
's corps was turned eastward on its arrival at Chambersburg
and camped near Fayetteville
This, he thinks, conclusive against any such intention.
But General Hill
in his report says: (Rebellion Records
XXVII, pt. 2, p. 606.)
“On the morning of June 29th, the Third corps —— was encamped on the road from Chambersburg
, near the village of Fayetteville
I was directed to move on this road in the direction of York
, and to cross the Susquehanna
, menacing the communications of Harrisburg
, and to cooperate with General Ewell
These doubtless were the orders written by Colonel Marshall
the night of the 28th of June.
also in his report says it had been his intention to cross the Susquehanna
by the bridge at Wrightsville
and move up the left bank of that river against Harrisburg
Thus General Early
, General Hill
and General Ewell
all testify that they had been ordered to move against Harrisburg
; yet Colonel Mosby
asserts that Lee
had no such plan, though it is stated in both his Reports, as well as by his staff officers.
It may be granted that there are certain inaccuracies in the Reports of the battle signed by General Lee
, but it is asking too much of our credulity to have us suppose that General Lee
did not know when and why he changed his plan of campaign at