I’ve been wanting to visit the Chickamauga-Chattanooga Battlefield in-person for years. I drove 2 1/2 hours today to visit the battlefield and was not disappointed.  We also had many relatives on the Union side who fought in the Chattanooga Campaign (late 1863). Many of our relatives were in the 58th Indiana. The 58th Indiana served as Sherman’s pontooniers during his March to the Sea.

Here are some pics of my visit today:

General Grant stood on the north side of Lookout Mountain during the battle. Mathew Brady took the shot.

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Union forces defeated at Chickamauga Creek were besieged in Chattanooga, pinned down by Confederate forces perched on the high ground pictured here. Grant was summoned to avert an impending disaster and restore a demoralized army. After sizing up the situation, he directed George Thomas to attack the center of Braxton Bragg’s defensive line. By taking advantage of mistakes made by his foes, Grant orchestrated what became a rout. He had forged yet another major turning point in the war.

Here’s a modern shot of the place he stood.

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Here’s a great picture of Lookout Valley on the left; Moccasin Bend (center), and the city of Chattanooga (right). The Tennessee River winds it’s way through the land.

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The 58th Indiana also served at Chickamauga, fighting in Viniard Field.

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Viniard Field – Union artillery from Bradley’s brigade

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