D. AUGUST DICKERT
Kershaw's brigade was charged with attacking elements of Sickles' corps that held the Peach Orchard. After pummeling through Union lines, they were hit in the flank. Brigadier General Paul J. Semmes called for more reinforcements as his brigade joined the fray with assistance from Barkesdale's and Wofford's brigades. While they almost drove a gap in the Union line, the Federals were able to throw some forces to push back the enemy threat. Once again, D. Augustus Dickert relates the action in History of Kershaw's Brigade.
When the troops were aroused from their slumbers on that beautiful clear morning of the 2d of July, the sun had long since shot its rays over the quaint old, now historic, town of Gettysburg, sleeping down among the hills and spurs of the Blue Ridge. After an all night's march, and a hard day's work before them, the troops were allowed all the rest and repose possible. I will here state that Longstreet had with him only two divisions of his corps, with four regiments to a division. Pickett was left near Chambersburg to protect the numerous supply trains. Jenkins' South Carolina brigade of his division had been left in Virginia to guard the mountain passes against a possible cavalry raid, and thus had not the opportunity of sharing with the other South Carolinians in the glories that will forever cluster around Gettysburg. They would, too, had they been present, have enjoyed and deserved the halo that will for all time surround the "charge of Pickett," a charge that will go down in history with Balaclava and Hohenlinden.
A.P. Hill, aided by part of Ewell's corps, had fought a winning fight the day before, and had driven the enemy from the field through the streets of the sleepy old town of Gettysburg to the high ground on the east. But this was only the advance guard of General Meade, thrown forward to gain time in order to bring up his main army. He was now