The Battle of Chickamauga

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The Battle of Chickamauga took place on September 18th through the 20th in the year 1863. Neither the Confederate nor the Union forces wanted to fight the war because of the location. One of the battles that led up to the Battle of Chickamauga was the Battle of Chattanooga. When General Braxton Bragg had begun to abandon Chattanooga he went south toward Missionary Ridge, where he pushed his troops through the mountains. That is where he found his enemy, and rather than retreating he brought together his army to prepare to fight. Rosecrans proceeded and also concentrated his own forces. They met on each side of the Chickamauga River.

The majority of the battle was in the Catoosa County and Walker County. The Union Army was the Army of the Cumberland that was led by Generals William S. Rosecrans, and George H. Thomas. For the Confederate Army which was the Army of Tennessee there was General Braxton Bragg, and Lt.

General James Longstreet. The Confederate Army came out with the victory, but not after the 34,624 casualties total, 16,170 from the Union forces, and 18,454 from the Confederate Army. The Confederates occupied the land, and the Unions fled, and occupied the surrounding heights.