not seem to be aware of this movement until the top of the hill was gained.
There had been a drizzling rain during the day, and the clouds were so low that Lookout Mountain and the top of Missionary Ridge were obscured from the view of persons in the valley.
But now the enemy opened fire upon their assailants, and made several the summit — which is a palisade for more than thirty feet down --against the assault of any number of men from the position Hooker occupied.
The side of Lookout Mountain confronting Hooker's command was rugged, heavily timbered, and full of chasms, making it difficult to advance with troops, even in the absence of an opposingthe ridge to Chattanooga Valley, then along parallel to the ridge a mile or more, across the valley to the mouth of Chattanooga Creek, thence up the slope of Lookout Mountain to the foot of the upper palisade.
The day was hazy, so that Hooker's operations were not visible to us except at moments when the clouds would rise.