Chickamauga Battlefield ~ Chickamauga Georgia
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BackBrakeBilly
N 34° 56.437 W 085° 15.559
16S E 658963 N 3867840
Quick Description: Chickamauga Battlefield located in Chickamauga, Georgia
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 10/14/2007 11:45:36 AM
Waymark Code: WM2D0Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
The Confederate Army stretched from a point near Reed's Bridge on the north to Lee and Gordons Mill on the south, roughly following Chickamauga Creek. The Union Army began to move north on the west side of the creek towards Chattanooga to regroup after encountering stiffer than expected rebel resistance. On the evening of September 18, 1863, Braxton Bragg ordered Army of Tennessee forces to take the crossings over Chickamauga Creek. Bushrod Johnson captured Reed's Bridge and advanced on LaFayette Road. During the night Union forces moving to destroy the bridge ran into Johnson's men. Thinking this was a rear guard action, General George Thomas ordered a division to attack the troops that had crossed the river. The Union division ran headlong into rear elements of advancing Rebels at Jay's Mill.

The scene of the battle was one where neither Bragg nor William Rosecrans wanted to fight. The thick forest limited visibility to 150 feet, less than the range of a rifle. Cannon were useless, except in the occasional field that broke the heavy forest. Battle lines did not exist and enlisted men made tactical decisions. Often the fighting was hand-to-hand. Both generals realized that neither would come out a clear winner under these conditions. Yet, just as at Gettysburg, the field on which the men fought was not the choice of generals but the choice of fate.
Name of Battle:
Battle Of Chickamauga

Name of War: U.S. Civil War

Entrance Fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Parking: Not Listed

Date(s) of Battle (Beginning): Not listed

Date of Battle (End): Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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