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).
General Grant stood on the north side of Lookout Mountain during the battle. Mathew Brady took the shot.
Here’s a modern shot of the place he stood.
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.