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History of Cambria County, V.2

regarding as a good maneuver, Cambria county had five complete companies and part of the sixth in this engagement, namely:

Captain Co. Regiment. Brigade. Division. Corps.
John B. Fite D 155th Pa. Inf.
F. A. Lancaster
W. J. Sewell
H. G. Berry
D. E. Sickles
J.W. Gardner K 125th Pa. Inf.
Jacob Higgins
John W. Geary
A.S. Williams
H.W. Slocum.
W. B. Lowman K 136th Pa. Inf.
T. M. Bayne
Henry Baxter
J.C. Robinson
J. F. Reynolds
Powell Stackhouse A 133d Pa. Inf.
F. B. Speakman
P.H. Allabach
A. A. Humphreys.
Geo. G. Meade.
Charles Butland B Same Same Same Same
F. M. Flanagan F Same Same Same Same

    On April 30, before the march began, the Cambria county troops were located as follows: Capt. Fite was with Gen. Sickles, and Capt. Hite with Gen. Reynolds, both under Gen. Sedgewick below Fredericksburg, and Capt. Gardner was with Gen. Slocum at Chancellorsville. Gen. Lee was, of course, not deceived by these movements, he was apprised of all of them, and the result of his brilliant generalship shows that he thoroughly understood the situation, and prepared for the battle which continued for the next five days. Lee divided his army, leaving sufficient force at Fredericksburg to hold Sedgwick, and with Gen. Stonewall Jackson and the remainder of his troops started for Chancellorsville where skirmishing began on Friday. It will be observed Lee's entire army was between Hooker's forces or in other words, Hooker's army was divided, but Lee's was in supporting distance in its entirety.
    On Saturday morning Gen. Sickles' Third Corps (Capt. Fite) left Gen. Sedgwick's command and was located at Catherine Furnace, about a mile south of Chancellorsville, where the main portion of Hooker's forces were assembled. Gen. Slocum (Capt. Gardner) was between Hooker and Sickles at that time on Saturday, and Reynolds (Capt. Hite) had not reached Chancellorsville. The most brilliant and effective military move ever made by Gen. Lee, and probably unequaled by any other general, was made this day.
    Gen. Lee divined that Gen. Hooker was prepared to meet him on his left, because it lay next to the river, and that his (Hooker's) right flank would be weak, not expecting a great force from the direction. In accordance with this view Gen. Stonewall Jackson with 26,000 men started on his famous march to attack Gen. Howard and Gen. Slocum on the right or west flank. About 8 o'clock in the morning Sickles' men observed the

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