“Old General Trimble, who had come along as a sort of
volunteer, looking out for a vacancy, was also quite jolly. . . . our cavalry
from Early at York, and. . .
. . . [On June 30th] Jenkins who had pushed on
toward Harrisburg reported back that he was in sight of the town and the river
apparently fordable. We made preparations accordingly to push on to that place
the next morning and were actually on the road about to start, when an order
came from General Lee to move to Gettysburg and unite with him there.
Accordingly [Edward] Johnson was directed to move back by the road he had come and
cross the mountain by the best route while we moved south from Carlisle and
Early was instructed to rejoin us near Gettysburg. We camped near that place
(five miles) that night [June 30th]. . . and next morning [July 1] moved
in accordance with instructions from General Lee to rejoin Hill at Cashtown.
But when at Heidlersburg (or Middletown, Brown’s not sure which) word came from
A.P. Hill that he would move directly on Gettysburg, where he asked us to meet
him. General Lee was not yet up with Hill.
Not long after we had left our camping place of the night
before, and it was between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., that the message came from
Hill and we turned to the left toward Gettysburg. At this time of turning off,
General Ewell sent me toward Cashtown to meet General Lee and inform him of our
change of direction. I struck the main turnpike at Cashtown and happened to
meet General Lee just there. The road was full of wagons, part of Hill’s wagon
train. Troops were passing toward Gettysburg as I was talking to Lee. Hill was
already engaged with artillery and skirmishers. . . ”
Next Brown says that Lee asked him whether Ewell had heard
where Stuart was, and said Stuart had not followed his instructions. . . (this
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Brown’s 1869 “Recollections”