The Bloodiest Days in Georgia
The bloodiest days in Georgia lasted two days, starting September 19, 1863. These bloody days are known as the battle of Chickamauga. The battle of Chickamauga took place near Reed's Bridge, Gordon's Mill, Lafayette Road, and the Chickamauga River. The purpose of this battle was to defend slavery, ensure states rights, and allow the South to secede from the Union.
There were two commanders during this battle: For the Union, General William Rosecran, and for the Confederates General Braxton Bragg. Both generals were great leaders. General William Rosecran (1819-1898) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint in 1842. He led several great battles. General Braxton Bragg (1817-1876) also graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint in 1837.
The Union had an army of about 55,000 men, and the Confederates had an army of about 70,000 men. The 15,000 difference in men could explain why the Confederates won this great battle, but then again the men could have just been trained better.
Whatever the reason, the Confederates won this battle.
The two armies had very different battle plans. General Bragg's plan was to "lead the Union left and roll down the line, cutting the link with Chattanooga and hurling Rosecran's back to destruction among the cliffs." (Pratt 247) His plan for the second day was to attack on Lafayette Road, dividing the Union troops. General Rosecran's plan for his troops was plain and simple: all he called for was to fight long and hard. At night, he and his troops built boundaries to protect them from the Confederate attacks.
The battle of Chickamauga started on September 19, 1863. The night of September 18, 1863, both sides prepared for battle the next day, but neither army had a clue as to where the enemy...