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November 1863 --The Battle of Chattanooga-- Grant brought in to save the situation steadily built up offensive strength and on November 23- 25 burst the blockade in a series of brilliantly executed attacks Union forces pushed Confederate troops away from Chattanooga The victory set the stage for General Shermans Atlanta Campaign httpamericancivilwarcomtltl1863html The Battles of Chattanooga in the US Civil War were a series of engagements fought around Chattanooga Tenn in September and November 1863 The Confederates were commanded by Braxton Bragg and the Union forces were first under William S Rosecrans then George H Thomas and finally Ulysses S Grant Rosecrans maneuvered Bragg from Chattanooga in early September but his Army of the Cumberland was met by reinforced Confederate forces and defeated in the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19-20 Bragg threw an incomplete siege around Chattanooga and detached troops to attack Knoxville Grant arriving at Chattanooga on October 23 reinforced the Army of the Cumberland now under Thomass command bringing it to 60000 men In the confused battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge Nov 24-25 1863 Thomas and Grant decisively defeated Braggs 40000 men The result left Tennessee in Union hands Frank E Vandiver Bibliography Catton Bruce Grant Takes Command 1968 Connelly T L Autumn of Glory 1971 Cozzens Peter The Shipwreck of Their Hopes 1994 McDonough J L Chattanooga 1984 McWhiney Grady Braxton Bragg and Confederate Defeat 1969
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