“Dont move until the infantry does”

Before he left to return to headquarters General Long gave Major Cutshaw his instructions for the evening. Cutshaw was to have the horses for his batteries, who were at that time back behind the second line, brought up to the batteries. (7) This was obviously in preparation for a move. However, Cutshaw was not to move before the infantry did. (8)

At about that same time Colonel C. (9) informed Major Hardaway that General Long had ordered all the guns out at dark. Hardaway informed General Ramseur of this before riding to General Lee’s headquarters where he hoped to find General Long.

There General L. (10) told the Major that he did not intend for the guns to be withdrawn until the troops left their positions. The Major sent word to General Ramseur (11) of the clarification of his orders. In addition, Captains Dance, Jones, and Graham (12) were notified that they were not to move until the troops moved.

Major Hardaway then worked his way back to the Courthouse area. There he would spend the night among his wagons which were with Graham’s Rockbridge Artillery.

Having sent word to have the horses brought up Major Cutshaw went to see General Johnson. His intention to see what his plans were for a move. However General Johnson was unable to answer the Major. He had not been in the conference when the decision was made to withdraw the artillery from the apex of the salient. Instead he had been reconnoitering his picket line beyond the Landram House. As a result, he was not able to give the Major any guidance. Major Cutshaw saw this as the opportunity to make a request. He asked permission to send his horses and sick men back to the camp on the Trigg Farm. (13) As the General had no objection Major Cutshaw had each of his batteries send their horses back to camp. Before he left Carrington’s battery the sergeant major overheard Cutshaw tell Captain Carrington, that in all probability orders would come to him before day to move. The direction of the movement would probably be on a road across the breastworks towards our front or right. Cutshaw then worked his way back to his camp. He was followed sometime later by his executive officer Major Stribling who reported that all was quiet.

With the departure of these officers there was no artillery officer above the rank of Captain anywhere along the line of either Rodes or Johnson’s division that evening. (14)


About Russ

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