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[93] meeting invasion. They fired down uselessly. Though men fell in this steep scramble, the force came on through stones and thickets, and, joining with the force in front, ascended out of sight into the mist, until Grant could often only hear the noise of the invisible guns nearer and nearer the top of the mountain. By night Hooker was established there.

The Wednesday morning was cold and fine. The battle's change of shape from its original design was clear to see. Over on Sherman's side many troops were now massed against him. Nor on account of that unexpected gap between the end of the ridge and its continuation could he achieve his assault with the necessary celerity. Bragg had taken his troops from Lookout Mountain to oppose Sherman; and Bragg, should he see fit, might really get away without further harm to himself. So Hooker was ordered across from Lookout Mountain to

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