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After midnight outside Carlisle, General J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry is ordered to concentrate on Gettysburg

James Ewell Brown Stuart, detail
07/02/1863
After finding Carlisle garrisoned and resisting his late night attack, Confederate cavalry General J.E.B. Stuart received orders after midnight to move towards Gettysburg.  He left Carlisle, still suffering from the effects of his artillery bombardment, in the early hours of the morning and marched his exhausted and hungry troops without halt, arriving at Mount Holly and then York Springs in mid-morning.  He finally rested his command at Heidlersburg, ten miles north of Gettysburg.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Edward Longacre, The Cavalry at Gettysburg: A Tactical Study of Mounted Operations during the Civil War's Pivotal Campaign, 9 June-14 July 1863 (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1993), 198.