was understood he was to sweep down the enemy's line in a direction perpendicular to our then line of battle.
I was told that Barksdale would move with me and conform to my movement.
These directions 1 received in various messages from the Lieutenant-General and the Major-General commanding, and in part by personal communication with them.
In my center-front was a stone house, and to the left of it a stone barn, both about 500 yards from our line and on a line with the crest of the Orchard Hill.
Along the front of the orchard and on the face looking towards the stone house the enemy's infantry was posted.
Two batteries of artillery were in position, the one in rear of the orchard near the crest of the hill, and the other some two hundred yards further back in the direction of the rocky mountain.
Behind the stone house, on the left, was a morass — on the right a stone wall, running parallel with our line of battle.
Beyond the morass, some two hundred yards, was a stony hill, cove