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[89] to help the other. But the centre was a straight climb up into the face of the enemy, and Grant determined upon the boxes. The left-hand box, the north end of Missionary Ridge, was to be the main affair; and Sherman was to conduct it. He was to creep round and there turn Bragg's flank, while Hooker was to turn the other flank on Lookout Mountain. Thus Sherman might cut Bragg from. his base, which lay less than a mile behind that part of Missionary Ridge. Bragg never suspected this could happen. Sherman had crept out of sight, gone to Burnside, he supposed; and the Union troops seemed to him from his balcony to be thinking of his centre and of Lookout Mountain opposite. So he did not much fortify the precious north end of Missionary Ridge. He was doing precisely what Grant manoeuvred for. But Chattanooga is one of the great battles that melt to a new shape in the very hands of their sculptors.

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