I am willing to serve my country, but do not wish to sacrifice the brave men under my command.
They will attach you in the morning and they will come booming - skirmishers three deep. You will have to fight like the devil until supports arrive.
It is too late, now I wish I could live.
We entered Gettysburg in the afternoon, just in time to meet the enemy entering the town, and in good season to drive him back before his getting a foothold.
The zeal, bravery, and good behavior of the officers and men on the night of June 30, and during July 1, was commendable in the extreme.
If the regulars are to be put together, I believe they would prefer me to the other Cavalry Commanders.
If I have any choice I would prefer Western Troops.
Shortly after this, I placed my command on our extreme left, to watch and fight the enemy should he make another attack, and went to Cemetary Hill for observation.
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