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The Army of Tennessee

 
 
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By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
1. The Army of Tennessee Marker
Inscription. Late in August, 1863, the Army of the Cumberland (US), Maj. Gen. Wm. B. Rosecrans, USA, crossed the Tennessee River near Bridgeport and threatened Chattanooga. On Sept. 7th, learning that Rosecrans was moving toward his rear in the direction of Rome (42 miles S), Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, withdrew his Army of Tennessee (CS) from Chattanooga to this vicinity, with headquarters in LaFayette, to meet the Union advance when it crossed Lookout Mountain.

Deciding that Bragg was retreating via Ringgold (21 miles NE) and Summerville (18 miles S), Rosecrans divided his army to pursue both columns and to strike at Bragg's flanks. Thomas' 14th Corps moved through Stevens' Gap into McLemore's Cove, west of LaFayette; McCook's 20th Corps toward Summerville; Crittenden's 21st Corps toward Ringgold. By the 12th, when Rosecrans realized his error, his flanks were widely separated, leaving Thomas alone in front of Bragg's whole army. Although a hasty reconcentration was begun, it was not completed until the night of September 17th.

In the meantime, an effort by Bragg to crush Thomas and Crittenden in turn failed for want of strong leadership. This failure forced Bragg to fight Rosecrans' reassembled army near West Chickamauga Creek (15 miles N) on the 19th and 20th. Although Bragg won the Battle of Chickamauga, it required two days
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By Dale K. Benington, August 20, 2014
2. The Army of Tennessee Marker
of desperate fighting, during which his losses almost nullified his victory.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 146-13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 42.52′ N, 85° 16.863′ W. Marker is in LaFayette, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 1 / 136), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located in Joe Stock Memorial Park. A group of markers and monuments are located here. Marker is in this post office area: La Fayette GA 30728, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of LaFayette (here, next to this marker); Walker County (here, next to this marker); John B. Gordon Hall (here, next to this marker); General LaFayette (a few steps from this marker); Headquarters Army of Tennessee (a few steps from this marker); To Our Confederate Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); Chattooga Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chattooga Academy (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in LaFayette.
 
Also see . . .
The Army of Tennessee image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
3. The Army of Tennessee
The Army of Tennessee Marker stands to the right.
1. Army of Tennessee From Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 31, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
2. LaFayette History Home. (Submitted on October 31, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Army of Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 20, 2014
4. The Army of Tennessee Marker
The Army of Tennessee Marker stands to the right.
Joe Stock Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
5. Joe Stock Memorial Park
 
 
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