brigade, or even a regiment, being thrown forward at a time.
Each, in succession, met a like reception from the steady lines of infantry and the concentrated fire from the artillery reserve, under its able commander, Colonel Hunt.
The attacks fell mainly on Porter on the left, and on Couch; and the success of the day was in a large degree due to the skill and coolness of the latter, who, as holding the hottest part of the Union line, was gradually re-enforced by the brigades of Caldwell, Sickles, Meagher, and several of Porter's, till he came to command the whole left centre, displaying in his conduct of the battle a high order of generalship.
Night closed on the combatants still fighting, the opposing forces being distinguishable only by the lurid lines of fire.
Thus till near nine o'clock, when the fire, slackening gradually, died out altogether, and only an occasional shot from the batteries broke the silence that pervaded the bloody field.
The repulse of the Confederates w
odgment had been gained at Chancellorsville, Sickles' corps was directed to join the force at thatnder the conviction that Lee was withdrawing, Sickles was sent out with two divisions to reconnoitresult of which he communicated to Hooker, General Sickles asked for re-enforcements; and, at his reo had gone out with his cavalry to re-enforce Sickles, was returning, and on learning the giving wang circumstances.
It will be remembered that Sickles, from the movement he had made on Saturday aft advanced his right, and in so doing engaged Sickles' rear, consisting of the brigade of Graham, wngle of roads at the Chancellorsville House.
Sickles' corps, and Berry's division of Slocum's corpe seemed to be incapable of other resolve.
Sickles and Berry and French made good fight at theirthe result was that, after a severe struggle, Sickles was forced from his front line.
Carroll, wit in turn, and his right renewed the attack on Sickles.
In the mean time the enemy was pressing our[12 more...]
k of the morning of the 2d.
The Third Corps (Sickles) had early in the day been summoned up by Gent along which runs the Emmettsburg road.
General Sickles, thinking it desirable to occupy this advo that point.
The motive that prompted General Sickles to this course was laudable enough, yet that remained for General Meade was to support Sickles as far as could be done in the emergency.
Loe as formed did not cover the entire front of Sickles' corps (for Hood's point of attack was quite t of Hood, the brunt of the assault fell upon Sickles' centre and left under Birney; Humphreys' divg the wide interval made by the disruption of Sickles' centre at the peach orchard, enveloped his ro fall back.
In the midst of this action General Sickles was severely wounded, losing a leg. Generantial victory; for the position wrested from Sickles was one intrinsically false, and though the s, was unwarranted.
The position carried from Sickles at such costly price to the assailants was no[19 more...]
Meade and Lee order up their entire forces, 337; both armies concentrated on Gettysburg, 338; the first day's results considered, 341; the second day, 342; positions at commencement of the second day, 342; Sedgwick's (Sixth) corps arrives, 343; Sickles' position on Emnmetsburg road, 344; Longstreet's attack on Sickles, 345; the fight for Little Round Top, 346; Warren saves the position at Little Round Top, 346; Hood's attack on Birney's front, 348; the struggle for the peach orchard, 349; closSickles, 345; the fight for Little Round Top, 346; Warren saves the position at Little Round Top, 346; Hood's attack on Birney's front, 348; the struggle for the peach orchard, 349; close of the action on the left, 354; Ewell's attack on the Union extreme right, 354; losses of the first two days, 355; the third day—Lee resolves to attack on Culp's Hill, 356; Meade's line on Culp's Hill regained, 356; the artillery combat of the third day, 357; battery positions on the third day, 357; the Confederate column of attack, 358; Pickett's assault on Cemetery Ridge, 359; the panic of Pettigrew's raw troops, 359; surrender of Pickett's troops, 361; Wilcox's attack on Hancock, and its f