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General Hancock and the artillery at Gettysburg. I. By Francis A. Walker, Brevet Brigadier-General, U. S. V. General Hunt, in his article on The Third day at Gettysburg [see p. 375], criticises General Hancock's conduct of his artillery, on the ground that his directing the Second Corps batteries to continue firing throughout the Confederate cannonade was both an encroachment upon his own (General Hunt's) proper authority, as chief of artillery of the Army of the Potomac, and an act of
r that line of battle; he used that authority according to his own best judgment, and he beat off the enemy.
That is the substance of it.
Boston, January 12th, 1887.
Rejoinder by Henry J. Hunt, Brevet Major-General, U. S. A.
General F. A. Walker, of General Hancock's staff, comments on my expressed belief that, had my instructions for the cannonade of July 3d been carried out by Captain Hazard, commander of the artillery of the Second Corps, the Confederate assault would not have