May 11-12, 1864. About two hundred yards southward stood the Harrison House
where Lee gave his momentous order to Ewell, on the evening of May 11, to
remove the artillery from the Salient. Lee pitched his tent in the Harrison
House vicinity. Early the next morning, riding forward through the wet and
misty woodland toward the rattle of infantry fire, he learned of the break in
his lines. The final line across the base of the Salient, to which the
Confederates retreated on May 13, ran just behind the Harrison House.
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