Guide to the Battle of Chickamauga

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

Matt Spruill

Not far from Chattanooga in northern Georgia, the Confederacy won one of its most decisive battles at Chickamauga. This guide uses firsthand accounts to illustrate how this skirmish, only two days long, turned into the second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War with over 34,000 Union and Confederate soldiers killed, wounded, or captured.

The U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles series was developed for “staff rides” on key battlefields by military professionals. Eyewitness accounts by battle participants make these guides invaluable resources for visitors to the national military parks and armchair strategists alike who want a greater understanding of five of the most devastating yet influential years in our nations history. This is an on-the-ground guide with explicit directions to points of interest and maps—illustrating the action and showing the details of troop position, roads, rivers, elevations, and tree lines as they were more than 150 years ago—that help bring the battle to life. In the field, these guides can be used to re-create each battle’s setting and proportions, giving the reader a sense of the tension and fear each soldier must have felt as he faced his enemy.

“Colonel Spruill has over time become one of our best tour guides for Civil War battlefields, and it all started with his Guide to the Battle of Chickamauga back in the 1990s. Now thoroughly updated and revised to assimilate the modern changes to the battlefield as well as the newer scholarship on the battle, this second edition is extremely valuable for a detailed understanding of both the battle and the battlefield.”

—Timothy B. Smith, author of Shiloh: Conquer or Perish and Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson

“This updated guide makes traveling across the landscape on this pivotal battlefield in the Civil War’s Western Theater easier and more understandable. One can almost sense the confusion of the unfolding engagement as the contending forces grappled with each other for control of the key elements of this critical ground.”

—Brian S. Wills, author of George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel

About the Author

Matt Spruill is a retired U.S. Army colonel and is the author of Storming the Heights: A Guide to the Battle of Chattanooga as well as numerous other books on the Civil War.

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