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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 95.-reconnoissance to Dalton, Ga. (search)
ed on the twenty-second instant were, first, to prevent the enemy at Dalton from sending reenforcements to Longstreet; second, to prevent him from sending the same to Bishop Polk; third, to ascertain his strength at Dalton, and if he had already been seriously weakened, to take possession of that town. The morning of February twenty-second was not a bright one at Chattanooga. There were no clouds, but a dense pall of smoke had settled down upon the earth, obscuring Lookout, snatching Mission Ridge from our eyes, and at first hiding even the sun. When that luminary at last became visible, it looked more like a huge bloody disk than a globe of fire. Under this canopy of smoke could be heard the rattle of a hundred drums, announcing the fact that the long-expected, oft-delayed movement had at last commenced, and that large portions of the Fourteenth army corps were upon the march. They were not now moving toward East-Tennessee, as intended ten days before, but, in accordance with
f men enrolled to whip all the Yankees in the field at this time, if our men will but fight as they did at the beginning of the war! Did we lose the battle of Mission Ridge from want of men? No, but from derangement of our machinery. And why should that defeat run us all crazy? I see nothing alarming in it. One of the bitter frhis may be true, but it would be a harmless truth if we did not fight worse. We whipped Western troops at Chickamauga, and we would have whipped them again at Mission Ridge if a brigade or more of our men had not played the coward. Even in the rout which these men led off, Cleburne's gallant band arrested the whole Federal armyinst repeated assaults of overwhelming numbers, and to have defeated them, entitles him to a monument as high as Lookout, and to each of his men one as high as Mission Ridge. I hope he will preserve with peculiar care the name of every man that stood by him in that memorable conflict. If the papers speak the truth, according to
Doc. 141.-battle of Mission Ridge. see document 18, ante., Colonel Grose's report. headquarters Third brigade, First division, Fourth army corps, Whiteside, Tenn., December 4, 1863. Lieutenant J. A. Wright, A. A.A. G.: sir: In accordance with duty, I have the honor to report the part my brigade took in the recent battles before Chattanooga. On the twenty-third of November ultimo, under orders, and the command of Brigadier-General Cruft, I marched from this place with part of ms at this post, and thus ended our part of a fruitful campaign. My command took prisoners as follows, the evidence of which is herewith forwarded: List of names and rank taken by my provostmarshal, two hundred and forty-five; wounded on Mission Ridge and prisoners, twenty-one; voucher of Lieutenant Jaquis, Provost-Marshal of division, one hundred and eleven; with officers, four; vouchers of Captain Woodbury, of Twenty-ninth Ohio, one hundred and fifty-nine; vouchers of Captain Tolby, Twen
Doc. 38.-the battle of Mission Ridge. General T. J. Wood's report. headquarters Third diower of its numbers. Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge are so related to each other and Chattanooa Creek, ascend the north-eastern flank of Mission Ridge, (which here juts against the river,) sweeweep along the lower slope and the base of Mission Ridge. The remaining force in Chattanooga was tered behind his rifle-pits, at the base of Mission Ridge, made no effort to retrieve his losses. Ay the enemy's intrenchments at the base of Mission Ridge, and hold them. The signal for the advanced the reverberations of the fastnesses of Mission Ridge and Lookout Mountain; and before the echoe entire crest was occupied by our troops. Mission Ridge was ours The enemy, whom we had seen durinhemselves by the vigor of their assault on Mission Ridge, and the ardor with which they attacked th the fragment of a shell in the assault on Mission Ridge. To the members of my staff who were not [16 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 6: (search)
rried to reform his lines in the rifle pits, with a view of carrying the top of the ridge. The form in which General Thomas communicated this order to his own troops, is shown by a paragraph from the report of General Baird who commanded his left division: I had just completed the establishment of my line, and was upon the left of it, when a staff officer from Major-General Thomas brought me verbal orders to move forward to the edge of the open ground which bordered the toot of Mission Ridge, within striking distance of the rebel rifle pits at its base, so as to be ready at a signal, which would be the firing of six guns from Orchard Knob, to dash forward and take those pits. He added this was preparatory to a general assault on the mountain; that it was doubtless designed by the Major-General commanding that I should take part in this movement; so that I would be following his wishes were I to push on to the summit. General Rosecrans was so confident of success that h
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