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.
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.