Battle of Gettysburg

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“Battle of Gettysburg, Cemetery Hill during the attack of the Confederates, Thursday evening, July 2nd, 1863. No attack was made until about half-past three o’clock, when Lee ordered a simultaneous advance against each flank of the Federal army, while demonstrations were being kept up against the centre. The attacks were not, however, made simultaneously, as Lee had intended. Longstreet began by sending Hood’s force against Sickles’s extreme left, then held by General Ward, of Birney’s division, whose three brigades extended their line from the Round Top across the Devil’s Den, to and beyond the Peach Orchard, along the Emmittsburg Road. Ward’s force was driven back after a bitter contest, and before De Trobriand, who stood next in line, could give him any assistance. Upon turning Ward’s left Hood fell upon De Trobriand’s flank and rear, leading part of his force between that portion of the field and the Round Top, while McLaws, with Anderson’s support, was assaulting De Trobriand’s centre. The attack was made with such vigor that Sickles called for re-enforcements, and Burling’s brigade of Humphreys’s division, as well as the two brigades of Barnes’s division, under Tilton and Sweitzer, were therefore sent him. A terrible struggle followed, and the ground was contested bitterly at all points."— Frank Leslie, 1896


Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)


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