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g from the very crest of the mountain — from that gigantic pile of rock whence rebel cannon had so long been hurling missiles of death toward the city. The enemy on Lookout had not been able to rally after his disastrous defeat of the day before. He had fled during the night; and the disjointed fragments of his force, belonging to Stevenson's division, were moved around to the right of his line in order to withstand the storm which it was perceived would soon burst from our left. Captain John Wilson, Eighth Kentucky, had the honor of being the first to plant the flag upon the now deserted rebel citadel. Thus had Hooker and the brave men under him again established their claim to the gratitude and admiration of their countrymen. But still grander events were hurrying onward, and leaving the Eighth Kentucky upon the summit of the mountain, Fighting Joe descended early in the morning, crossed Chattanooga Creek, and joined Johnson's division upon the right of our position. H
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as a great measure, has received the cordial approval of the mass of the loyal people of this country; and as, in our opinion, there is no power to change or alter the relations of the several States to the Union; those relations having been suspended only while the people of such States were in armed resistance to the Federal Government; and as we believe that the perfect, thorough, and entire abolition of slavery, in all the States and Territories, is indispensable to the future peace and perpetuation of the Union, and the best interests of our whole nation, therefore, we will cordially support such plan of reconstruction, consistent with these views, as reduced to practice, will secure homogeneousness of institutions, on the basis of universal liberty, and transmit to all posterity an ocean-bound Republic, the beacon light of human rights, and the asylum for the oppressed of the whole world. By order of the Board. John Wilson, Commander-in-Chief. J. Asa Kennicott, Secretary.