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[91] Southern troops well knew what it meant they had lost Orchard Knob. So the Union was a mile nearer to the rising land at the foot of Missionary Ridge. Bragg showed his strength on top, and then Grant knew that he was not retreating. Orchard Knob was now strengthened with artillery. Bragg was frightened, and took troops away from Lookout Mountain across to the other side, where the unseen Sherman was approaching. Through that night Sherman came out from the concealing hills upon the river, dropped silently down the river on the bridge-boats, caught all the rebel river pickets but one, and by dawn began his noiseless bridge of thirteen hundred feet, which General Smith finished by noon. By one, he was marching to the foot of the ridge in a drizzling rain, hidden by clouds from the enemy's watch across the theatre on Lookout Mountain. By this Tuesday night he was upon his end of Missionary

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