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Chickamauga 150 Countdown: The Winner, Part II

By Ron Fritze

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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.

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Chickamauga 150 Countdown: The Winner, Part I

By Ron Fritze

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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.

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Tools of the Trade: The Roget’s Thesaurus, Old School

By Ron Fritze

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“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain
When it comes to advice on writing well, Mark Twain is someone to be heeded. One of the problems that any writer continually faces is maintaining the variety of their word usage. If you are not careful, you can end up using the same word over and over again. To your reader that practice comes across as dull and boring and may cause them rightly to question the extent of your vocabulary. So how do you get some life in your vocabulary and get from the “lightning bug” word to the “lightning” word? Answer, the thesaurus, a word book of synonyms and related concepts.

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Chickamauga 150 Countdown: The Mistake

By Ron Fritze

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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.

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Tools of the Trade: Writing

By Ron Fritze

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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.

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Chickamauga 150 Countdown: The Battle

By Ron Fritze

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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.

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