were recalled to Virginia
to join again the army of Lee
Meanwhile events of great importance had occurred at Chattanooga
On the 20th, General Bragg
had notified the President
had reinforced Grant
, ‘and a movement on our left is indicated.
The same game may have to be played over.
Our fate may be decided here, and the enemy is at least double our strength.’
It was soon apparent, however, that the former Federal movement would not be repeated, as Sherman
moved, according to observations from the heights, into Chattanooga
This first disposition preceded and partly covered the march of Sherman
's main body in a circuit northward behind the hills, prepared to bridge the river and attack Bragg
's right at the northern extremity of Missionary ridge
On the 23d of November an advance was made in front in which Grant
pushed his lines nearer to the rampart of Missionary ridge
On the 24th Lookout was taken, exposing the Confederate
left, while Sherman
suddenly appeared on the right, crossing the river and making a resolute assault.
crossed Lookout and forced the gap at Rossville
From either flank there came to the Confederate
lines the news of overwhelming numbers, and when the brave but weary veterans on Missionary ridge
, November 25th, saw yet other strong columns drawn up in their view and moving upon their front, they gave way before an assault they were unable to resist.
Yet it should not be concluded that the Federal
charge up the slope of Missionary ridge
, or that Hooker
's fight on Lookout mountain
, or Sherman
's assault on the Confederate
right, was unattended by losses.
As an example of Federal casualties, it may be noted that one Indiana
regiment in Thomas
' charge lost 202 killed and wounded out of a total of 337, in forty-five minutes. It was General Grant
's estimate: ‘In this battle the Union
army numbered in round figures about 60,000 men; we lost 752 killed, and 4,713 wounded, and 350 captured and missing.’
The records show that General Grant