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BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA 18-20 September 1863 Dr Mark Gerges and Dr Greg Hospodor Department of Military History US Army Command and General Staff College.

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1 BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA September 1863 Dr Mark Gerges and Dr Greg Hospodor Department of Military History US Army Command and General Staff College

2 Situation, summer 1863 Three victorious Union armies Grant at Vicksburg,4 July 1863 Meade at Gettysburg, 1-3 July 1863 Rosecrans in Tullahoma Campaign, 24 June- 3 July Why Tennessee?

3 Why Tennessee in 1863? To the Confederacy: Bread basket- bacon, grains, Nitrate from caves 80% CSAs copper To the Union: loyal Unionists deny food supplies cut rail lines

4 MG George Thomas XIV Corps MG William Rosecrans Army of the Cumberland MG Thomas Crittenden XXI Corps MG Alexander McCook XX Corps MG Gordon Granger Reserve Corps

5 LTG Leonidas Polk Polks Corps Army of Tennessee 19 September 1863 MG W.H. Walker Reserve Corps LTG DH Hill Hills Corps GEN Braxton Bragg MG Simon B. Buckner Buckners Corps

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7 Crossing the Tennessee and movement into Georgia Nature of north Georgia: meandering stream, heavily wooded, etc

8 18 September Confederates fight to cross the Chickamauga stream

9 19 September Confederates attack

10 19 September By evening, Confederate attacks shift from north to center of Union line

11 19 September By evening, Confederate attacks shift from north to center of Union line

12 LTG Leonidas Polk Right Wing Army of Tennessee Morning of 20 September MG W.H. Walker Reserve Corps LTG DH Hill Hills Corps GEN Braxton Bragg MG Simon B. Buckner Buckners Corps MG John B. Hood Longstreets Corps LTG James Longstreet Left Wing

13 20 September Morning- CSA attack resumes but 4 hours late. LTG Leonidas Polk Right Wing

14 BG Thomas Wood 20 September 11:00 a.m.: Union disaster! MG William Rosecrans

15 MG George Thomas XIV Corps 20 September Evening: Thomas is standing like a rock. BG James Garfield, chief of staff to Rosecrans

16 Results of the Battle Rosecrans is "confused and stunned like a duck hit on the head. A. Lincoln Union Army surrounded in Chattanooga (on three sides) and a new general set to arrive on the scene BUT... Army of the Cumberland defeated, not destroyed.

17 Results of the Battle Longstreet corps detached to Knoxville Didnt destroy the Army of the Cumberland. Didnt liberate any territory lost that summer. Did stop advance towards Atlanta. And a morale boost after a terrible summer...

18 Why did they fight in lines? Were they stupid?

19 Deployment Theoretically there were around 100 men in each of 10 companies around 1000 men. In reality, there were usually much less. Flags played a key role in the regiment. The Flanks

20 Model 1842 Smoothbore MusketBuck and Ball Projectiles and Cartridge Enfield Rifled MusketMinie Projectiles and Cartridge Bayonet Small Arms

21 The Theoretical Arithmetic of Logistics requires 3 pounds of food per day (not incl. water). The daily individual ration for a Union soldier: 20 ounces of fresh or salt beef or 12 ounces of pork or bacon 1 pound of hard bread or 18 ounces of flour or 20 of cornmeal. Additionally per every 100 men: 15 pounds of beans or peas 10 pounds of rice or hominy 10 pounds of green coffee or 1.5 pounds of tea 15 pounds of sugar 4 quarts of vinegar 3.75 pounds of salt 4 ounces of pepper 30 pounds of potatoes when practicable, 1 quart of molasses. Approximately: 3,000 calories.

22 Water and railroad supply allowed your army to look like this … 100,000 men rather than this! 10,000 men

23 There are roughly 9,500 miles of rail lines in the Confederacy.

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25 Advantages: CAPACITY A Civil War-era railcar could carry as much as 15 tons. One 10-car train could carry as many supplies as 150 wagons. SPEED A train traveled 5 times faster than a wagon train, which meant more round trips and that fewer resources needed to be devoted to supply services. DEPENDABILITY Anyone who has ever dealt with mules will tell you they have a mind of their own. Enough said! AVAILABILITY More rolling stock and locomotives could be produced on demand and in different models. This doesnt apply to mules and horses! As far as a logistician is concerned the advantages of railroads are legion. Can you think of any?

26 SECURITY We are much obliged to the Tennessee [River] which has favored us most opportunely, for I am never easy with a railroad which takes a whole army to guard, each foot of rail is essential to the whole; whereas, they cant stop the Tennessee …. General William Tecumseh Sherman, Sinews of War CAPACITY An ordinary Ohio River steamboat of 500 tons carried enough supplies to supply an army of 40,000 men and 18,000 horses for nearly two days. This was the equivalent of five 10-car freight trains. As good as railroads were for supply, knowledgeable commanders, especially Union ones, preferred supply lines based on water transport. Can you think of two reasons why?

27 The past is a foreign country... Document based research and questions: Defend or refute Braggs statement that if it were not for the loss of these four hours (on 20 Sept), "our independence might have been won. Why use military history? Tactics: critical thinking, relationship between technology and tactics Personalities: politics, leadership, irony Battle: critical thinking, results– battle the arbiter Battle analysis: Students assigned role of commanders Discuss what they knew, what they thought they knew, and their decisions on a map.

28 Suggested Sources The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, a.k.a the O.R. Steven E. Woodworth Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns. A Deep Steady Thunder: The Battle of Chickamauga Robertson, William Glenn The Battle of Chickamauga: National Park Civil War Series. "The Chickamauga Campaign: The Fall of Chattanooga." Blue & Gray Magazine, Fall "The Chickamauga Campaign: McLemore's Cove." Blue & Gray Magazine, Spring "The Chickamauga Campaign: The Armies Collide. Blue & Gray Magazine, Fall "The Chickamauga Campaign: The Battle of Chickamauga, Day 1." Blue & Gray Magazine, Spring "The Chickamauga Campaign: The Battle of Chickamauga, Day 2." Blue & Gray Magazine, Summer Some really good websites to start: National parkswww.nps.gov National Archives (NARA)www.archives.gov

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