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Mon Jun 29, 2015, 07:24 PM

113. Road net at Gettysburg

The meeting engagement of the first day put the hurt on the US I and XI Corps and was done by four CS divisions (Heth, Pender, Rodes, and Early). Heth's Division was shattered a both Rode and Pender badly hurt. If Ewell had taken Cemetery Hill on the evening of the first day, Meade would have fallen back on his Pipe Creek plan.

The rest of Lee's army was stacked up on a narrow road leading back to Chambersburg in the following order (Johnson, Anderson, Hood, McLaws, and Pickett). To do a flanking movement on Meade, the rebs would have to go back to Chambersburg. After pushing I Corps off of McPherson's ridge, a very poor later route was opened which Longstreet followed on the second day to get ready for his attack. Longstreet wasn't in position until well afternoon on the second day because his two divisions of Hood and McLaws had to wait until Johnson and Anderson had cleared the pass at Greenwood to get on to the battlefield.

By the time Lee had eight divisions (all but Pickett) available at Gettysburg, V Corps was on the scene and VI Corps was coming up the Baltimore Pike (a long way around Meade's left flank for the Confederates).

Longstreet's concept had envisioned Ewell pulling back and marching to the south to extend the line around the flank past the Round Tops. With Ewell remaining in place, the rebs just had too little force to cover the front and extend to their right.

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