The plan of battle for today is for Gen. Hooker to make a demonstration against the enemy’s left while Gen. Sherman’s troops advance on the enemy’s right in an attempt to flank Missionary Ridge. A thick fog has settled over Lookout Mountain that prevents me from observing the progress of Gen. Hooker. I wrote Sherman,
NOVEMBER 24, 1863-11.20 a.m.
Thomas’ forces are confronting enemy’s line of rifle-pits, which seem to be but weakly lined with troops. Considerable movement has taken place on top of the ridge toward you. Howard has sent a force to try and flank the enemy on our left, and to send through to communicate with you. Until I do hear from you I am loath to give any orders for a general engagement. Hooker seems to have been engaged for some time, but how I have not heard. Does there seem to be a force prepared to receive you east of the ridge? Send me word what can be done to aid you.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 441
O.R., I, xxxi, part 2, p 42
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