Battle of Missionary Ridge

Battle of Missionary Ridge (HMQ2T)

Location: Chattanooga, TN 37404 Hamilton County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 1.168', W 85° 15.801'

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Without orders, the Federals charged up the mountain

On the morning of November 25, 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Union army began its attack against Gen. Braxton Bragg's Confederates who occupied this ridge and the slopes below. After unsuccessful attacks on the northern end of the ridge, and the slow march of Hooker's troops from the south, Grant ordered Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas' troops in the center to seize the Confederate rifle-pits at the base of the ridge.

The Federals stormed the rifle-pits, forcing Confederates to retreat up the slopes in front of you. Then, without orders, the Federals swarmed up the slope in pursuit, swept over the crest, and routed the poorly positioned defenders. The outnumbered Confederates broke and fled down the slope behind you. Only darkness and the rearguard action of Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne saved the Confederates from destruction.

The Union victory here at Missionary Ridge left Chattanooga firmly in Union hands, and set the stage for General Sherman's advance against Atlanta in the spring.
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HM NumberHMQ2T
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Placed ByChickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 658442 N 3876580
Decimal Degrees35.01946667, -85.26335000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 1.168', W 85° 15.801'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 1' 10.08" N, 85° 15' 48.06" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 169 S Crest Rd, Chattanooga TN 37404, US
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