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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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tom ryan
Bethany Beach, DE, USA
Posts: 108
July 14 reconnaissance in force - bayonet only!
Posted on: 12/4/2017 1:44:23 PM
William Seville writes in his 1st Delaware regimental history that the regiment received an order about 10 p.m. on the night of July 13, 1863 "directing a general charge on the rebel works at daylight in the morning, in which no other weapon was to be used than the bayonet; the men being required to take out of their cartridge-boxes all the ammunition and turn it in." (p. 91)

This refers to Meade's plan to conduct a reconnaissance in force on the morning of July 14, but Lee's army had all but completely flown the coup the night before and in the early morning.

Seville adds, "This order was countermanded just before daylight, in all respects excepting in regard to marching." This could be interpreted in a variety of ways.

Has anyone come across other references to an order for the use of bayonet only on July 14?

Tom