Guide to the Battle of Chickamauga

Guide to the Battle of Chickamauga

by Inc. Army War College Foundation, Matt Spruill


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Not far from Chattanooga in northern Georgia, the Confederacy won one of its most decisive battles at Chickamauga. This guide uses firsthand accounts to illustrate how this skirmish, only two days long, turned into the second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War with over 34,000 Union and Confederate soldiers killed, wounded, or captured.

The U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles series was developed for “staff rides” on key battlefields by military professionals. Eyewitness accounts by battle participants make these guides invaluable resources for visitors to the national military parks and armchair strategists alike who want a greater understanding of five of the most devastating yet influential years in our nation's history. This is an on-the-ground guide with explicit directions to points of interest and maps—illustrating the action and showing the details of troop position, roads, rivers, elevations, and tree lines as they were more than 150 years ago—that help bring the battle to life. In the field, these guides can be used to re-create each battle’s setting and proportions, giving the reader a sense of the tension and fear each soldier must have felt as he faced his enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700626946
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 438,736
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Matt Spruill is a retired U.S. Army colonel and is the author of Storming the Heights: A Guide to the Battle of Chattanooga as well as numerous other books on the Civil War.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations

Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Edition


Introduction to the Second Edition

Introduction to the First Edition

To Reach the Battlefield

Maneuvering to a Battle

Delaying Actions

Initial Contact

The Battle Expands

Penetration and Counterattack in the Center

The Fight around Viniard Farm

Preparation for September 20, 1863

Bragg Renews the Attack

Attack and Counterattack in Kelly Field

The Battle for Poe Field

Breaking the Union Rights

The Fight for Snodgrass Hill and Horseshoe Ridge

Retreat from Kelly Field


Appendix I: Union Order of Battle

Appendix II: Confederate Order of Battle

Appendix III: Medical Practices and the Handling of Wounded in the Civil War



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