Civil War Georgia
American Civil War
November 27, 1863
Following the Union victory at Missionary Ridge, Yankee troops set out in pursuit of the Confederates retreating toward Dalton, Georgia.
Intending to delay the Federal pursuit, Major General Patrick Cleburne's command fell back and established a blocking position at Ringgold Gap where the Western & Atlantic Railroad passed through Taylor's Ridge.
Major General Joseph Hooker sent his force forward to seize the gap, which it failed to do after five hours of heavy fighting.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Catoosa County
Campaign: Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign (1863)
Date(s): November 27, 1863
Principal Commanders: Major General Joseph Hooker [US]; Major General Patrick R. Cleburne [CS]
Forces Engaged: Three divisions [US]; one division [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 912 total (US 432; CS 480)
Fighting Joe Hooker
Union general Joseph Hooker assumed command of an army demoralized by defeat and diminished by desertion. Acting swiftly, the general reorganized his army, routed corruption among quartermasters, improved food and
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Guide to the Atlanta Campaign: Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain
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The Battle of Resaca:
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The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns
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into the mind of General Sherman on the eve of his most famous military undertaking—limiting the information to that possessed by Sherman at the time, as documented in his correspondence during the campaign and not in his after-the-fact reports and autobiography.
The White Tecumseh: A Biography of General William T. Sherman Utilizing regimental histories, historian Hirshon offers a sympathetic yet excellent biography of one of the more noted Civil War generals, best remembered for burning Atlanta, cutting a swath of
destruction across Georgia, then creating total destruction in South Carolina, including the burning of Columbia. Hirshon gives us an insight into how Sherman's own troops felt about him and his relationships with fellow generals, especially Grant. The author not only describes Sherman's role in the war but also details his early life and family problems. The latter part of the book deals with
his life after the war, especially with the Indians in the West as well as his relationships with Presidents Johnson and Grant.
The books are full of eyewitness accounts of battle, camp life, campaigning, and camraderie with some humor thrown in. Each book gives accounts by the soldiers themselves, and that's what makes these books so great! The books also have battle maps are divided into sections. Each section tells about a part in the campaign. At the begining of each section there is an
introduction to the campaign.
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