Generals Bragg and Longstreet observed from Lookout the arrival of Hooker's forces in Lookout Valley on the afternoon of October 28, 1863.
Bragg ordered a night attack on General Geary's Division (six regiments) established about the church at the Kelly's Ferry Road, the plan being to overwhelm Geary, turn on the forces about Brown's Ferry, drive them over the river and regain Lookout Valley. Longstreet selected Hood's Division commanded by General Micah Jenkins for this movement. At midnight Jenkins' Brigade (six regiments) commanded by Colonel John Bratton attacked Geary's position. Benning's Brigade was posted beyond the railroad bridge in support, with Robertson's and Law's Brigades on the hills to its right.
The assault upon Geary continued until 3 a.m. when the head of Schurz's Division ordered from Brown's Ferry to the assistance of Geary followed by Steinwehr's Division, reached the position occupied by Benning, Robertson, and Law. Colonel Orland Smith's Brigade of Steinwehr's Division attacked and occupied the second hill to the north of the railroad, and General Hector Tyndale's Brigade of Schurz's Division attacked and occupied the hill immediately north of that road. Colonel Bratton then withdrew from Geary's front, and the Confederate forces, withdrawing over Lookout, left Lookout Valley to the possession of Union