in the open, was repulsed, but later sat down behind entrenchments in front of Rosecrans
, and almost starved out the Federal
army before it could be relieved.
to drive him off. Hooker
was successful at Lookout Mountain
, but Sherman
did not make any headway against the right of the Confederate army, being checked before the heavy trenches.
' men to take the works at the foot of Missionary Ridge
Because of the Federal
defeat at Chickamauga
, it is reported that Grant
feared that the men of Thomas
' army could not be trusted to stand under heavy pressure, and he did not want them to go farther than the foot of the ridge.
He ordered that they stop there, after driving the Confederates
from the trenches.
But the lines kept on, higher, higher, and the clouds of battle became larger as they ascended.
Seeing the line disobeying orders, Grant
turned to Thomas
, who was near, and inquired by whose orders the men had gone beyond the foot of the mountain, to which Thomas
is said to have replied, “By their own, I think.”
's rejoinder was: “If they succeed, all right.
But if they don't, some one will suffer for this.”
The works at the top were heavy; but Thomas
' troops succeeded, and no one suffered except the gallant men of both sides who fell.
went East, turning over the command of the Western Federal
armies to Sherman
, who prepared to attack Johnston
, entrenched around Dalton, in northern Georgia
's Roost formed the strongest portion of Johnston
's line, which consisted of heavy fortifications on the heights, in front of which lighter lines had been placed.
felt this position, found it almost impregnable, made a flank movement, and turned Johnston
out of his stronghold.
In the retaining attack on the works, the Federal
troops took a portion of the lower lines of entrenchments, but found the upper works too strong.
The turning movement having succeeded, the Union
troops withdrew from the front, and Johnston