t of natural rifle-pit, in which the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth, grand reserve, had been posted.
This proved to be the key to the whole position.
The men fired by volley, and were only exposed as they rose up to deliver their fire.
The ground not only sheltered them, but concealed their strength from the enemy, who tried by artillery, infantry, and sharp-shooters posted in tree-tops to dislodge them.
And, though flanked on the right and left, they--Tigers General Wood named them at Mission Ridge, and they deserve the name — held their ground till dark, and then retired across a ravine, and took up a new position, from which they poured in a volley, which ended the progress of the rebels for that day. There they remained, until Colonel Garrard, with his splendid regiment, dismounted, advanced, and occupied the ground.
The regiment was then, by order of Colonel Garrard, posted on the crest of the hill next in rear, where it was relieved near midnight by the Fifteenth Wisconsin.