, again in corps command, renewed this day his old association with Cleburne
The latter, assigned to position by Hardee
, at once perceived that Sherman
, having already gained a lodgment on a spur of Missionary Ridge
, near the river, meant to get possession of the main ridge between Cleburne
's right and the Chickamauga
, cutting Polk
off from Cleburne
and endangering the safety of the whole army.
was sent to thwart such a maneuver.
Their position was held that day (24th), the main fighting being by Smith
By night Cleburne
, hearing of the disaster at the other extremity of the line, Lookout mountain
, sent most of his artillery beyond the Chickamauga
, supposing Bragg
would fall back, but recalled it when told at midnight that the fight would be made on Missionary ridge
Making a moonlight reconnoissance, he placed Polk
on a hill which covered his line of retreat, and took position on an east spur of Missionary Ridge
and the ridge itself, with an angle at the railroad tunnel.
's battery, under Lieut. T. J. Key
, was placed directly over the tunnel.
An eclipse of the moon delayed for some time this preparation for the bloody work of November 25th.
Next day there was severe skirmishing through the morning.
to post himself at the tunnel and direct everything there and beyond to the creek.
There he saw the enemy advancing in two long lines of battle—three divisions under General Sherman
, supported by Davis
' division and part of Howard
's corps, army of the Potomac.
The serious fight began at 11 a. m., and the Federal
charges were repulsed.
During a. lull in the fight the Second, Fifteenth and Twenty-fourth. Arkansas
, Lieutenant-Colonel Warfield
, were sent to support Key
's artillery on Tunnel hill
About 1 p. m. a desperate attack was made on that position.
's men were moved out to the crest of the hill, and they met the advance with such an effective fire that the column stopped just below the crest and took shelter.
‘Tier after tier of ’