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Civil War Lecture on the Battle of Chickamauga

Ongoing Opportunities

  • April 26 at 7:30 PM

After the successful Tullahoma Campaign, Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans continued the Union offensive. Through a series of skillful marches towards the Confederate-held city, Rosecrans forced Bragg out of Chattanooga and into Georgia. Determined to reoccupy the city, Bragg followed the Federals north. Fighting began in earnest on the morning of September 19, 1863 near Chickamauga Creek. Bragg’s men heavily assaulted Rosecrans’ line, but the Union line held. Fighting resumed the following day. That afternoon, eight fresh brigades from the Army of Northern Virginia under Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet exploited gap in the Federal line, driving one-third of the Rosecrans’ army, including Rosecrans himself, from the field. Only a portion of the Federal army under Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, staved off disaster by holding Horseshoe Ridge against repeated assaults, allowing the Yankees withdraw after nightfall. The defeated Union troops retreated to Chattanooga where they remained until late November. The talk will be by Dave Powell.

No registration is required. Cost is $5 for non-members, payable at the talk.