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Braxton Bragg
William S. Rosencrans
Jefferson Davis

Definition: With the Confederacy split in two by the surrender of Vicksburg, the Union still found a way to lose battles and lives. General William S. Rosencrans, who had hammered General Braxton Bragg at Murfreesboro, took the city of Chattanooga and then attempted to follow Bragg's retreating army southward into Georgia. Having received reinforcements, Bragg suddenly turned on Rosencrans and crushed the life out of him, forcing a Union retreat to Chattanooga. The only bright spot in this debacle for the Union was the brilliance of General George H. Thomas, who earned the nickname "The Rock of Chickamauga." Only Thomas's left flank did not give way before the Confederate assault. Thomas gained further fame as the commander who took Missionary Ridge, in the famous "battle above the clouds."

Related Resources:

Chickamauga Battle Map
Check it out up close: troop encampments and movements.

The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle of Chickamauga
Much more on the pivotal Tennessee battle.

General George H. Thomas
Find out more about "The Rock of Chickamauga."

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