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The Battle of Chattanooga

Sketch map showing fortifications, Union/Confederate picket lines, rifle pits, "Rebel camp[s]", roads, railroads, and streams
G. H. Blakeslee
Sketch map showing fortifications, Union/Confederate picket lines, rifle pits, "Rebel camp[s]", roads, railroads, and streams
Pen and ink manuscripts map
Geography & Map Division
Gift of Mrs. George W. Volk, 1966 (43.16)
Digital ID: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3964c.cw0398200r

The Confederates were determined to starve the Federal troops out of Chattanooga, which could be used as a Union gateway for movement into Georgia. The Federals were just as determined to stay in possession and break the siege. Major General Grant, recently named commander of the Union's newly created Military Division of the Mississippi, arrived in Chattanooga on October 22, 1863. By mid-November Major General William T. Sherman arrived with 17,000 men which gave the Federals sufficient strength to strike in late November, in a series of battles that broke the siege. Chattanooga remained in Union hands for the rest of the war.

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