y General Rosencranz's order, the one already in position was heavily guarded to prevent any soldier leaving the city.
The timber being cut, was in Rossville Gap, to strengthen that position.
General Forrest himself, did press forward, with the result thus set forth in his official report:
On mission Ridge.
On taking possession of Mission Ridge, one mile or thereabouts from Rossville, we found the enemy fortifying the gap. Dismounted Colonel Dibbrell's regiment, under command of Captain McGinnis, and attacked them, but found the force too large to dislodge them.
On the arrival of my artillery, opened on, and fought them for several hours, but could not move them.
General Forrest had two divisions, which habitually fought dismounted.
While the Union army was in line at Rossville, five miles southeast of Chattanooga, General Rosencranz was in the city, sending out ammunition and provisions, and preparing to bring the army into Chattanooga, which was the objective of the ca