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however, which General Lee was accustomed to accord to his lieutenants, and probably because of an undue regard for his ad- monition, given early in the day, not to precipitate a general en- gagement, General Ewell deemed it unwise to make the pursuit. The troops were not moved forward, and the enemy proceeded to occupy and fortify the position which it was designed that General Ewell should seize. Major-General Edward Johnson, whose divi- sion reached the field after the engagement, and formed on the left of Early, in a conversation had with me, since the war, about this circumstance, in which I sought an explanation of our inaction at that time, assured me that there was no hindrance to his moving forward ; but that, after getting his command in line of battle, and before it became seriously engaged or had advanced any great dis- tance, for some unexplained reason, he had received orders to halt. This was after General Lee's message was delivered to General Ewell.
Such was the condition of affairs when darkness veiled the^scene on the evening of the first day. The prevailing idea with General Lee was, to press forward without delay ; to follow up promptly and vigorously the advantage already gained. Having failed to reap the full fruit of the victory before night, his mind was evi- dently occupied with the idea of renewing the assault upon the enemy's right with the dawn of day on the second. The divisions of Major- Generals Early and Rodes, of Ewell's corps, had been actively engaged, and had sustained some loss, but were still in excellent condition, and in the full enjoyment of the prestige of success and a consequent elation of spirit, in having so gallantly swept the enemy from their front, through the town of Gettysburg, and compelled him to seek refuge behind the heights beyond. The division of Major-General Edward Johnson, of the same corps, was perfectly fresh, not having been engaged. Anderson's divi- sion of Hill's corps, was also now up. With this force General Lee thought that the enemy's position could be assailed with every prospect of success ; but, after a conference with the corps and division commanders on our left, who represented that, in their judgment, it would be hazardous to attempt to storm the strong position occupied by the enemy, with troops somewhat fagged by the marching and , fighting of the first day ; that the ground in their immediate front furnished greater obstacles to a successful