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|David, Sickles did follow command procedure, it was only when the order change was not forthcoming did he take action. He did have Hunt to look over the ground and give his opinion. Meade did come up to see what was transpiring. When he saw the confederate attack developing he knew there was no chance to change things and made plans to send troops to support the open flank. As it turned out, it was the right thing to do. I've looked and walked the ground several times, and if I had been given that piece of the line to defend I would have screamed bloody murder. It sucked! I would have changed the position but given myself room to manuver and protect the flank if needed. I'm no lover of Sickles either, he was pompous ass and crook, but he lived in an era where he could and did get away with it.