Monthly Archives: August 2013
By Guy McClure
What does it take to be truly carefree? For me it is simply two wheels and starry summer nights.
While home in Athens after my freshman year at college, I first experienced this freedom and it has stuck with me ever since. You see in the early summer of 1980, my grandfather’s driveway became the depository for a stolen bike. A white 10-speed Raleigh that he subsequently gave to me after it was not claimed. I hadn’t ridden a bike since I had been issued a driver’s license, but I took the gift thinking it may bring back a sort of nostalgia. It did bring nostalgia, but it wasn’t about the action of riding the bike but the environment in which the bike was ridden.
By Ron Fritze
This is excerpt three from a three-part article for the Chickamauga 150 Countdown:
On 23 June 1863, William Rosecrans and his Union Army of the Cumberland took the offensive against Braxton Bragg’s Confederate Army of Tennessee encamped at Tullahoma, Tennessee. Bragg commanded an army riven by dissent. He did not communicate his plans with his subordinate generals and they were generally uncooperative with his orders. Meanwhile Rosecrans conducted a series of flanking maneuvers that kept Bragg off-balance. By 8 September, he had forced Bragg to abandon the strategically crucial city of Chattanooga and to retreat into Georgia.
By Ron Fritze
This is excerpt two from a three-part article for the Chickamauga 150 Countdown:
In August 1862, Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith launched an invasion of Kentucky. Their plan was to help Secessionists bring Kentucky into the Confederacy and make the Ohio River the northern border of the new nation. On 8 October 1862, units of the Union and Confederate armies fought a battle at Perryville. Bragg was under the misapprehension that he was fighting an isolated segment of the Union forces. Confederate forces attacked and drove back the Union troops. By the end of the day, however, Bragg realized that the entire numerically superior Northern Army of Don Carlos Buell was nearby and rapidly reinforcing their comrades at Perryville. So Bragg broke off the engagement and retreated, or as he put it, withdrew into Tennessee. His action dismayed Kirby Smith along with the other Confederate generals Leonidas Polk and William J. Hardee and they wrote to Jefferson Davis asking him to remove Bragg from command. Davis refused but Bragg’s relationship with his subordinate generals was in tatters.
By Ron Fritze
This is excerpt one from a three-part article for the Chickamauga 150 Countdown:
When it comes to Confederate military prowess, Braxton Bragg was nobody to brag about. Yes, he commanded the Army of Tennessee at the great victory at Chickamauga but the fact is, the Confederates won because of Rosecrans’ mistake and despite Braxton Bragg’s leadership.
Bragg was born in North Carolina into lower class family. His father, however, developed into a successful business man. This provided the resources for Bragg to get a good education and eventually an appointment to West Point. At West Point, Bragg graduated fifth in his class and also earned a below average number of demerits.