One of those who saw them was Grant, watching in growing dismay from his prime vantage point on Orchard Knob. He had not been having a very good day so far. First there had been Sherman's delay. Then when Sherman's attack finally did get started in earnest, it had seemed to go nowhere. Obviously, Sherman was not on Missionary Ridge, and no one needed to mention that there had been a serious mistake about topography. On top of everything else, Hooker's movement toward Rossville Gap, from which Grant had actually been expecting no significant results, seemed to be fulfilling his expectations.
That it was so was not really Hooker's fault. He had gotten his troops moving at a good hour, after making sure that the top of Lookout Mountain was indeed free of Confederates. Down the mountain his column had swung at a good pace and then on across gently rolling Chattanooga Valley. Then, as seemed to be the way of things in this campaign, complica-