On this day in the Civil War, Federal troops under General George Thomas, with oversight by General U.S. Grant, attack Confederate forces on Missionary Ridge. The Union troops fiercely assault the middle of the Rebel line, turning the battle into a rout. General Grant states, “Our men drove the troops in front of the lower line of rifle pits so rapidly, and followed them so closely, that the Rebel and Union troops went over the first line of works almost at the same time.”

Union casualties totaled 5,800 soldiers and Southern losses totaled 6,600.

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