On Friday, November 20, a day of heavy falling rain, Bragg
sent word to Grant
, “As there may still be some noncombatants in Chattanooga
, I deem it proper to notify you that prudence would dictate their early withdrawal.”
“I did not know what the intended deception was,” says Grant
Meanwhile no battle could begin until Sherman
had wholly crept round behind that left-hand box — a direful work in the mud, with a bridge thirteen hundred and fifty feet long to build, and build noiselessly.
On Sunday a deserter reported that Bragg
was falling back.
Perhaps he was going against Burnside
If so, he should not get away without some little trouble at least.
Therefore on Monday the little trouble occurred.
Up in his balcony, Bragg
saw going on down in the parquet what he supposed to be a dress parade of the Union
Suddenly they rushed: the parade blossomed into a sharp encounter, and before the