Report of Brig. Gen. Edward L. Thomas, C. S. Army, commanding brigade
JUNE 3-AUGUST 1, 1863.--The Gettysburg Campaign
O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME XXVII/2 [S# 44]
HEADQUARTERS THOMAS' BRIGADE,
August 12, 1863
Maj. JOSEPH A. ENGELHARD,
MAJOR: In reply to circular of August 12, I have the honor to report that this brigade on July 1 was, by order of Major-General Pender, formed in line of battle on the left of the road leading to Gettysburg, Pa. In this order it advanced to within about 1 mile of Gettysburg, in readiness to support Major-General Heth's division. From this position the brigade moved still farther to the front, and took a position assigned to it by Lieutenant-General Hill. Here we remained until near sunset, when, by General Pender's order, we took position near Gettysburg, on the right of the town, in support of artillery.
This position was occupied until the night of July 2, when, with General McGowan's brigade, it was directed to take position in the open field, about 300 yards in front of the enemy's line, on the right of General Ewell's corps. Here we remained until the night of July 3, when we were ordered to take position in the woods on the right of Gettysburg, near the town, from which place, on the night of July 4, the march was commenced toward Hagerstown, Md.
The brigade lost many valuable men and officers in heavy skirmishing with the enemy.
The conduct of men and officers throughout the campaign was highly commendable.
With highest respect, your obedient servant,
EDW'D L. THOMAS,
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