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
Students periodically ask me for advice about succeeding in college. I have a lot of advice but on this occasion I want to focus on one key piece of advice. We live in a world where technology is touted as the end of education. That is not true, technology is a tool, it is means to gain an education. The end in education for a student is learning. Sure it is a big help if you have a laptop to assist with your studies. Blackboard and similar learning management systems are great tools. But the bottom line is this—a person needs to want to learn. And learning means work. Besides the high tech tools, there are also some tried and true low tech tools that will help you to improve your writing. But You have to take the time to use them.