s a plan for progressive action
halting tactics at high tide of success
the Confederate left fought a separate battle
General Thomas retreats
First Confederate victory in the West, and one of the bloodiest battles of the war
Satisfied that the opening of the battle was to be the attack against his left, the Union commander ordered Negley's division out from its position near the Glen House to report to General Thomas and assist in meeting the attack, but only Beattie's brigade was in time for that service, the other brigades waiting to be relieved from their positions in line.
Meanwhile, Baird's left had been extended by Dodge's brigade of Johnson's division of the Twentieth Corps.
Before the Confederate commander engaged his battle he found the road between the enemy's left and Chattanooga open, which gave him opportunity to interpose or force the enemy from his works to open battle to save his line.
But he preferred his plan of direct attack as