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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