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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.
By Ron Fritze
They call it the “fog of war.” It’s when unforeseen circumstances cause a battle plan to fall apart. It’s when an army’s communication breaks down during the heat of battle. It’s when generals lose track of where their troops are located. Every battle sees mistakes on both sides. Sometimes the mistakes cancel each other out. Other times, a mistake will lose a battle decisively. Chickamauga was one of those battles.
By Gary McCullors
Have you ever walked into a store just as you were leaving? Bought Dinner twice on the same day, at different restaurants? Visited that one place your spouse said you had better not be caught dead in, or you will wind up dead? Seem to be spending more money than you thought? Any of these things sound familiar? I can’t vouch for the “one place,” but the others happened to my niece last year. She was blissfully going about her business one day last year when she went to get some money out of an ATM. The ATM blissfully reported that she didn’t have any money. She immediately called and blasted her husband wanting to know what he had spent all the money on. He of course denied spending it which generated a few rounds of, “Yes, you did,” “No, I didn’t,” and “You are lying.” She reluctantly accepted that he may not have spent it, maybe.
By Ron Fritze
So what’s up with this Battle of Chickamauga? Well, it was one of the American Civil War’s major battles and the bloodiest battle fought in the Western theater of the war. Over 120,000 soldiers fought at Chickamauga. Scattered fighting occurred on 18 September 1863 followed by two days of all-out battle on 19 and 20 September. The Union army numbered 58,000 men under William Rosecrans while the Confederate army consisted of 66,000 men commanded by Braxton Bragg. It is a unique battle in that it was one of the few Civil War battles where the Southern army had numerical superiority. Also, as far as the events of the Western theater of the Civil War went, it was the only major victory for Southern forces in that theater of the war.
By Mark Gale
Two popular shows with seemingly uncommon elements have stolen the hearts and minds of adults 18-49. One is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a band of survivors try to scrounge up some existence of a normal life. The other is set in a medieval, mystical world that is engaged in all-out war. What do these two shows have in common? Zombies – or at least some variation of them.