“The fight to-day progressed favorably”

Our attack today was a great success.  Gen. Sherman reports that he has taken Tunnel Hill on our left and Gen. Hooker has taken Lookout Mountain on our right.  I wrote Gen. Thomas informing him of the plan for the final push tomorrow.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 24, 1863.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding Army of the Cumberland:

GENERAL: General Sherman carried Missionary Ridge as far as the tunnel, with only slight skirmishing. His right now rests at the tunnel and on top of the hill; his left at Chickamauga Creek.

I have instructed General Sherman to advance as soon as it is light in the morning, and your attack, which will be simultaneous, will be in co-operation.

Your command will either carry the rifle-pits and ridge directly in front of them or move to the left, as the presence of the enemy may require. If Hooker’s present position on the mountain can be maintained with a small force, and it is found impracticable to carry the top from where he is, it would be advisable for him to move up the valley with all the force he can spare and ascend by the first practicable road.

Very respectfully,

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General, Commanding.

I then informed Gen. Halleck,

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, November 24, 1863-6 p.m.

The fight to-day progressed favorably. Sherman carried the end of Missionary Ridge, and his right is now at the tunnel, and left at Chickamauga Creek. Troops from Lookout Valley carried the point of the mountain, and now hold the eastern slope and point high up. I cannot yet tell the amount of casualties, but our loss is not heavy. Hooker reports 2,000 prisoners taken, besides which a small number have fallen into our hands from Missionary Ridge.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 439-40, 443

O.R., I, xxxi, part 2, p 24, 44

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