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Chickamauga The battle of Chickamauga was the bloodiest two-day battle of the Civil War was fought on September 19th and 20th of 1863 More than 35000 men were killed wounded or missing out of the 125000 who engaged in the battle The battle was fought between the Army of the Cumberland numbering about 55000 of union soldiers commanded by the Union General William Starke Rosecrans and the Army of Tennessee of about 70000 confederate soldiers commanded by General Braxton Bragg The scene of the battle was one where neither Bragg nor Rosecrans wanted to fight The thick forest limited visibility to 150 feet less than the range of a rifle Cannons were useless except for in the field that broke the heavy forest Battle lines did not exist and enlisted men made tactical decisions for their selves Often the fighting was hand-to-hand Both generals realized that neither would come out a clear winner under these conditions On Saturday September 19th the two armies collided at Chickamauga Georgia It was a full day of combat for the Army of Tennessee Deas Brigade was placed in line of battle on Saturday morning near Lee and Gordons Mill on the southern end of the Confederate line All around the roar of heavy battle was heard but no orders were issued to the brigade The men remained in a line of battle waiting for the orders to advance When the sun began to set the brigade was surprised to receive orders to fall out of position and take up a new position about two miles farther southwest The brigade formed a line of log breastworks at their new position late on Saturday evening Wounded soldiers from the initial clash of the armies were scattered around the area On the next morning the men of the 39th woke up to a quiet morning the battle appeared to have either been lost or won The
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