Thursday, July 21, 2011

7:30 am: Longstreet scouts towards Centreville

North of Blackburn’s Ford

Longstreet received orders to call off the attack on Richardson’s batteries and return to Blackburn Ford after it was discovered that “the enemy was moving in heavy columns towards our left [meaning Stone Bridge], the position that the general had always supposed he would take.” Then Colonels Terry and Lubbock, two of Longstreet’s staff officers, volunteered to get as close to Richardson’s batteries as possible for a reconnaissance. “They made a very gallant and complete one, and a hasty sketch of the entire [Union] left. This information was forwarded to the commanding general [Beauregard], with the suggestion that the batteries be taken.”

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