It was apparent that Law's Brigade would overlap his position on the left, and Smith implored Colonel Elijah Walker of the 4th Maine to move to the left and take a position to protect the battery and the remainder of Ward's Brigade from being turned.
had already sent out about 70 men to assist the sharpshooters and the other skirmishers of the brigade in the direction of the Slyder Farm, and felt that they were helping delay Hood's advance sufficiently until supports from the Fifth Corps
could come up on Walker's left. [Maine at Gettysburg
, p.16] Indeed, he
pointed to a force, probably that of Vincent's Brigade, coming up on his
left, which he
surmised would form a junction with his
line at the Devil's Den.
also had no desire to move to the low ground of Plum Run gorge, where he
could be exposed to a flanking fire from cover of the wooded hillside of lower Big Round Top.
could more effectively defend the battery from the heights of Houck's Ridge, overlooking the Plum Run gorge, than by attempting to face a frontal attack by superior numbers within the gorge itself.