Battle of Missionary Ridge

Battle of Missionary Ridge (HM141X)

Location: Lookout Mountain, TN 37350 Hamilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 0.753', W 85° 20.619'

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Undaunted Union infantry
fought their way
to the crest

On November 25, 1863, the Union army under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant made its final moves to destroy the Confederate forces on Missionary Ridge, the long ridge in the distance. Following unsuccessful attacks on the left and right, 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, and drove the retreating Confederates up the slopes. Then, under heavy fire from above, and without orders, the Union infantry pushed up the ridge. The Confederates, outnumbered and in a poor defensive position, abandoned the ridge and retreated into Georgia.

The Union victory on Missionary Ridge left Chattanooga firmly in Union hands, and set the stage for Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's advance against Atlanta in the spring.

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The battles for Chattanooga culminated with the Union victory at Missionary Ridge, visible ahead. In this historic engraving, Federals overwhelm a Confederate battery on the crest.

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On the afternoon of November 25, 1863, Union forces pushed up the west slopes of Missionary Ridge, driving the routed Confederates off the ridge.

HM NumberHM141X
Placed ByChickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 2:27am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 651128 N 3875688
Decimal Degrees35.01255000, -85.34365000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 0.753', W 85° 20.619'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 0' 45.18" N, 85° 20' 37.14" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 112 Point Park Rd, Lookout Mountain TN 37350, US
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