I had ordered some of Gen. Thomas’ troops on a reconnaissance towards a hill named Orchard Knob, on the plain in front of Missionary Ridge. The reconnaissance succeeded in driving away all rebel forces, so I ordered the men to intrench to protect the ground they had gained.
I wrote Gen. Halleck,
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, November 23, 1863-3 p.m.
General Thomas’ troops attacked the enemy’s left at 2 p.m. to-day, carried the first line of rifle-pits running over the knoll, 1,200 yards in front of Fort Wood, and low ridge to the right of it, taking about 200 prisoners, besides killed and wounded. Our loss small. The troops moved under fire with all the precision of veterans on parade. Thomas’ troops will intrench themselves, and hold their position until daylight, when Sherman will join the attack from the mouth of the Chickamauga, and a decisive battle will be fought.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 434
O.R., I, xxxi, part 2, p 24
The Shipwreck of Their Hopes, Cozzens, p 126-42