20 September 2014

Campaign For Chattanooga

Battle Of Lookout Mountain (Photo By Jim)

The model in relief [not shown] embraces a territory 11 by 16 miles.  Lookout Mountain is in the western section.

Jim's Photo

The Campaign For Chattanooga:

This territory of 176 square miles includes the battlefields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, each covering three days' operations, and the minor affairs of Wauhatchie and Brown's ferry, by which Hooker's forces from the east, with cooperating troops from Chattanooga, reopened the river line of supplies to Bridgeport.

The battle of Chickamauga, which was Rosecrans's battle for the possession of the roads to Chattanooga and the city itself, occupied three days. September 18, 1863, and the night of that day were devoted by each army to obtaining position, and involved only skirmishing, some of it heavy, at various points.  The 19th and 20th were days of continuous and desperate battle.

My ancestor, Captain James A. Rice, of the 73rd Illinois, was shot and captured at Chickamauga on September 20, 1863.

See blog post Securing Lookout Valley.

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