Grant ordered Maj. Gen. George Thomas to advance at least a division to a rise known locally as Orchard Knob,2 a 100-foot knoll about half-way to Missionary Ridge. Thomas was to make a demonstration to determine whether the Rebels were still in position. Though not intended to bring on a general battle, the Federal advance would nevertheless become the first strike that would develop into the Battle of Missionary Ridge on the 25th.
|Source: Civil War Maps by Hal Jesperson|
But first, the Federals will turn their attention to the Confederates on Lookout Mountain.
Source: Civil War Trust
1 The troop movement was likely Cleburne's and Buckner's Divisions, which were ordered by Bragg to the Chickamauga Station for rail transport to Longstreet at Knoxville.
2 To view a 360-degree map of Orchard Knob and the Chattanooga battlefield, visit the Civil War Trust website, Chattanooga 360.