Photo by Mark Dolan, June 2010Today, the park-like battlefield is very beautiful and serene. 150 years ago,
however, the scenes of carnage and devastation would have been unbearable.
|Source: Civil War Maps by Hal Jesperson|
On the 17th, Bragg headed back toward Chattanooga, intending to draw Rosecrans into a decisive battle. As he moved north on the 18th, Bragg's cavalry and infantry skirmished with Union cavalry and mounted infantry, which were armed with Spencer repeating rifles.
1 The name Chickamauga was Cherokee for "River of Death."