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erstood that Colonel Alexander had been charged with the duty of observing the effect of the fire of the batteries upon the enemy's lines, and to give the signal for General Pickett to advance to the assault.
Everything was in readiness — no firing on either side-when, at a few minutes after one o'clock, P. M., while in rear of the Washington Artillery, near the peach orchard, I received by a courier, the following in General Longstreet's hand-writing.
Headquarters, in the field, July 3d, 1863. Colonel:
Let the batteries open.
Order great care and precision in firing.
If the batteries at the peach orchard cannot be used against the point we intend attacking, let them open upon the rocky hill.
Most respectfully, J. Longstreet, Lieutenant-General Commanding. To Colonel Walton.
Major Eshleman, in command of the Washington Artillery, was ordered to fire the signal gun, when instantly from the right to the extreme left of the line, as had been arranged by order of Gen