While Lt. General James Longstreet lost the argument that morning about whether to attempt an attack on the Union left, he at least insisted that the attack wait until all of the men of McLaws’ and Hood’s divisions arrived. The stragglers at the end of the column were the men of Brig. General Evander Law’s Alabama brigade.
150 years ago right now, Law’s men came off the road and were ready for combat. Now, Longstreet could finally start his march to the south, and get his Corps in position for the attack that General Lee wanted.
And the longer Longstreet waits, the more Union troops are coming off the road and strengthening their line.
This thing would be easier said than done.