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- Jan 16, 2015
IMO, even if there were no orders to left oblique (the evidence for both the pro and con positions is shaky, IMHO), there is evidence that some of the movements resulted in a practical oblique. For example, several accounts talk about forming to the left which would appear and move similarly to an oblique.
Pickett's division, as it marched, was also continually dressing to the left to close gaps, which must have looked much like what Hall is trying to show - just like a left oblique. We know this to be the case because several skirmishing companies on the right, like Company H of the 24th Virginia, which was on the extreme right of the division skirmish line, had proceeded straight ahead, and by the time they reached a point due south of the Codori buildings, there was no one behind them, and they must have been feeling quite exposed and vulnerable.