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Chapter 29: the wave rolls back. Confederates retreat from Gettysburg the Federals pursue crossing the Potomac under difficulties Kilpatrick's cavalry dash on Pettigrew's command General Lee thought to rest his army in the Valley of Virginia, but Meade followed too fast engagements that harassed the retreat General Lee wished to be relieved of command, but President Davis would not consent to the appointment of Joseph E. Johnston or General Beauregard. The armies rested on the Fourth, --one under the bright laurels secured by the brave work of the day before, but in profound sorrow over the silent forms of the host of comrades who had fallen during those three fateful days, whose blood bathed the thirsty fields of Gettysburg, made classic by the most stupendous clash of conflict of that long and sanguinary war; while gentle rain came to mellow the sod that marked the honored rest of friend and foe; the other, with broken spirits, turned from fallen comrades to fin