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[87] It was the first stroke of salvation for Chattanooga. That night the enemy under Longstreet fought Hooker on Lookout Mountain to retrieve this loss, but failed. The dynamo continued steadily spinning destruction for Bragg, who now did a foolish thing. He sent twenty thousand men away under Longstreet to attack Burnside. At this, Grant nearly did a foolish thing himself. He ordered an assault. But Thomas saved him from this error. All the while Sherman with his army was coming nearer. Swollen waters and deep walking clogged their struggling march, and the battle was put off for them. At length Bragg from his heights saw them prowling in the heavy country across the river, thought they were going to help Burnside, and forthwith despatched more help to Longstreet.

And now the reader must see the shape of the country. Let him think of a theatre, and stand on the stage, and look

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