Gettysburg july2 1863

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The success of his army in the fighting on July 1 encouraged Lee to renew the battle on July 2. An early morning reconnaissance of the Federal left revealed that their line did not extend as far south as Little Round Top. Lee directed Longstreet to take two divisions of I Corps and march south until they reached the flank of the Federal forces. They would attack from this point, supported by a division of A.P. Hill's corps - a total force of nearly 20,000 men. While Longstreet carried out the main offensive, Ewell was ordered to conduct a demonstration against the Federal right. However, he was given discretion to mount a full-scale attack should the opportunity present itself.

The Federal army was well prepared for Lee's offensive. Six of its seven corps had arrived on the battlefield, and VI Corps was making a thirty-six-mile forced march to reach it. Meade had deployed his army in a fish-hook-shaped formation, with the right on Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill, the center

"Tt was a hard fight. The

-L Confederates appeared to have the devil in them. My men did not flinch and then, when their assailants descended into the ravine and crossed the creek, they were received with a deadly volley, every shot of which was effective... On both sides, each one aimed at his man, and men fell dead and wounded with frightful rapidity."

Col. Regis de Trobriand, present during Sickles's defense of the Peach Orchard.

The flamboyant Gen. Sickles (below) anchored the left of his advance line at Devil's Den, a rocky terrain exposed to attack on three sides. The successful Confederate advance almost turned the Union left flank.

The flamboyant Gen. Sickles (below) anchored the left of his advance line at Devil's Den, a rocky terrain exposed to attack on three sides. The successful Confederate advance almost turned the Union left flank.

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