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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1876. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... gagement until the arrival of the other
divisions of the army, which were ordered to hasten forward. He
decided to await Johnson division, which had marched from Carlisle
by the road west of the mountains, to guard the trains of his
corps, and consequently did not reach Gettysburg until a late hour.
In the meantime the enemy occupied the point which General Ewell
designed to seize, but in what force could not be ascertained owing
to the darkness. An intercepted dispatch showed that another corps
had halted that afternoon four miles from Gettysburg. Under these
circumstances it was decided not to attack until the arrival of
Longstreet, two of whose divisions, those of Hood and McLaws,
encamped about four miles in the rear during the night. Anderson's
division, of Hill's corps, came up after the engagement. It had not
been intended to deliver a general battle so far from our base
unless attacked, but coming unexpectedly upon the whole Federal
army, to withdraw through the mountains with our extensive trains
would have been difficult and dangerous. At the same time we were
unable to wait an atack, as the country was unfavorable for
collecting supplies in the presence of the enemy, who could
restrain our foraging parties by holding the mountain passes with
local and other troops. A battle therefore had become, in a
measure, unavoidable, and the success already gained gave hope of a
favorable issue. The enemy occupied a strong position, with his
right upon two commanding elevations adjacent to each other, one
southeast, and the other, known as Cemetery Hill, immediately south
of the town, which lay at its base. His line extended thence upon
the high ground along the Emmettsburg road, with a steep ridge in
rear, which was also occupied. This ridge was difficu...
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||246 x 189 x 19mm (L x W x T)
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