In August 1863, the Army of the Cumberland, under the Union General Rosecrans, was poised to take the important Confederate railroad center of Chattanooga TN, which was defended by the Army of Tennessee under the Confederate General Bragg. In a deft move, Rosecrans swung his army through the Tennessee mountains and cut off the city’s supply lines, forcing Bragg to abandon it. Bragg made immediate plans to take it back by seizing the Union supply route at Lafeyette Road at Chickamauga. On September 19 and 20, the two armies met. The Confederates won and forced the Union troops to withdraw from the battlefield. But it was the last major Confederate victory in the Civil War. The Union troops still held Chattanooga, General Ulysses Grant arrived with reinforcements and captured the entire area. And in 1864, General Sherman used Chattanooga as the jumping-off point for his march to Atlanta.
Here are some photos from a visit to the Chickamauga Battlefield.