A roar of cheering rose from troops on both sides of the mountain, and from the city, and is written about and embroidered for the Northern papers. The battle is soon christened fancifully as the Battle above the Clouds, and electrifies the Northern popular imagination. Hooker immediately pushes around the mountain and drives for Rossville Gap, at the southern foot of Missionary Ridge, to endanger the main Confederate line. The Rebels in front of Hooker do not offer much resistance.
The Federal attacks are persistent, and Cleburne’s men are running out of ammunition, when Gen. Cumming proposes a charge downhill to break the Yankee confidence. Cumming leads two Georgia regiments into Mathies’ Union line, and he breaks; his flank exposed, Loomis also withdraws, and the Union line begins to unravel. Gen. Cleburne himself leaps over the earthworks, sword drawn, and leads Granbury’s Texans in a charge. Gen. Sherman, having taken over 2,000 casualties, calls a halt to the attacks. Tunnel Hill remains firmly in Confederate hands.