Stuart could have done no more.
All that Stuart
could have done if he had been there would have been to tell Hill
that if they went to Gettysburg
they would be sure to precipitate a battle before the army was concentrated and where Lee
did not intend to fight one.
A body of cavalry could have done no more.
were not blind — they knew the enemy held Gettysburg
; so they did not need cavalry to tell them.
They evidently expected to bag a few thousand Yankees, return to Cashtown
, and present them to General Lee
But to use a common expression ‘they bit off more than they could chaw.’
They left Cashtown
at 5 in the morning in as gay spirits as John Gilpin
's when he started off to Edmonton
to have a wedding feast.
It was after all not much of a feast.