stones down the mountain side as we approached.
A third time I dispatched one of my staff to explain fully in regard to the situation, and to suggest that you had better come and look for yourself.
I selected, in this instance, my adjutantgeneral, Colonel Harry Sellers, whom you know to be not only an officer of great courage, but also of marked ability.
Colonel Sellers returned with the same message: Gen'l Lee's orders are to attack up the Emmettsburg road.
Almost simultaneously, Col. Fairfax, of your staff, rode up and repeated the above orders.
After this urgent protest against entering into battle at Gettysburg according to instructions — which protest is the first and only one I ever made during my entire military career — I ordered my line to advance and make the assault.
As my troops were moving forward, you rode up in person; a brief conversation passed between us, during which I again expressed the fears above mentioned, and regret at not being allowed to attac