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[69] works, and was now well on the way up the steep, leading the assault. It was a regiment that had been in my brigade. I replied:

“That is the Eighty-sixth Indiana, I think, and it is going up the hill.”

General Thomas turned to General Grant and said:

General Reynolds says he thinks it is the Eighty-sixth Indiana, and that it is going up the hill.”

General Grant gazed through his glasses for some time, until it was evident that the whole army was assaulting successfully what had seemed to be an impregnable position for Bragg. Then, turning once more to Thomas, he said:

“Are battles chance?”

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