AT CLOSE QUARTERS ON THE FIRST DAY AT GETTYSBURG.
THE STRUGGLE FOR "ROUND TOP."BY E. M. LAW, MAJOR-GENERAL, C. S. A.
MORE has been written concerning the battle of Gettysburg than any other "passage of arms" between the Federal and Confederate troops during the civil war. The engagement of the 1st of July, brought on by accident, on the part of the Confederates at least, in which two corps of the Federal army under General Reyolds were defeated and driven through Gettysburg by portions of Hill's and Ewell's corps, has been often and fully described by the officers on both sides. Ewell's attack on the Federal right in the vicinity of Culp's Hill on the 2d of July, and Longstreet's advance upon the Federal left on the same day, so far as relates to one division of the latter's command (Mclaws's), have been detailed with equal minuteness by those engaged. The magnificent charge of Pickett's division on the Federal center on the third day has been the theme of a host of writers who deemed it an honor to have stood in the lines of blue by which that charge was repelled, and those who, on the other hand, through it no less an honor to have shared the forutnes of the town and shattered columns of gray which only failed to accomplish impossibilities.
But concerning the operations of Lee's extreme right wing, extending to the foot of Round Top, litle or nothing has been written on the Confed-