Battle of Gettysburg 1st July 1863.
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Well, there should be a video here; but unfortunately I have come over all shy :shy: ; although the mechanics of video editing are fairly easy, practice and experience does make a difference, and as I am a complete novice, I may or may not stick a video here at a later date...........
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Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, Near Gettysburg, PA., July 4, 1863
After the rear of the army had crossed the Potomac, the leading corps, under General Ewell, pushed on to Carlisle and York, passing through Chambersburg. The other two corps closed up at the latter place, and soon afterward intelligence was received that the army of General Hooker was advancing. Our whole force was directed to concentrate at Gettysburg, and the corps of Generals Ewell and A. P. Hill reached that place on the 1st July, the former advancing from Carlisle and the latter from Chambersburg.
The two leading divisions of these corps, upon reaching the vicinity of Gettysburg, found the enemy, and attacked him, driving him from the town, which was occupied by our troops. The enemy's loss was heavy, including more than 4,000 prisoners. He took up a strong position in rear of the town, which he immediately began to fortify, and where his re-enforcements joined him.
On the 2nd July, Longstreet's corps, with the exception of one division, having arrived, we attempted to dislodge the enemy, and, though we gained some ground, we were unable to get possession of his position. The next day, the third division of General Longstreet having come up, a more extensive attack was made. The works on the enemy's extreme right and left were taken, but his numbers were so great and his position so commanding, that our troops were compelled to relinquish their advantage and retire.
It is believed that the enemy suffered severely in these operations, but our own loss has not been light.
General Barksdale is killed. Generals Garnett and Armistead are missing, and it is feared that the former is killed and the latter wounded and a prisoner. Generals Pender and Trimble are wounded in the leg, General Hood in the arm, and General Heth slightly in the head. General Kemper, it is feared, is mortally wounded. Our losses embrace many other valuable officers and men.
General Wade Hampton was severely wounded in a different action in which the cavalry was engaged yesterday.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R E. Lee,General
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General Heth's 2nd Division wends it's way through the muddy ruts of the 24 foot wide Chambersburg pike; heading south-easterly towards the farmland town of Gettysburg.
The sun is starting to slowly rise illuminating a gently rising steam emanating from the rich crop growth on either side of the fenced roadway, making an almost ethereal and ghostly panorama. A precursor of the momentous events to come............................!
The men of Brig.Gen Archer's brigade are to the front, closely followed by Davis'4th and then Pegram's Artillery battalion of 24 guns. The rest of the division follows on. Colonel Fry deploys the Alabamy complement of Archer's brigade along a marshy creek, as enemy troops have been sighted on both sides of the pike. They are arrayed along a picket fence about 600 metres away.
Brig. Gen Pettigrew's reconnaisance of the previous day has already established that there are yankee cavalry patrols in the area. A rider is sent back by Brig.Gen Archer to inform General Heth, and await further orders.
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Heth's 2nd Division OOB.