Rosecrans at Chickamauga was Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Iuka & Corinth -- Cozzens Book
- --- In civilwarwest@y..., Thomas A Hardy <thardy9@j...> wrote:
> You are absolutely correct. What is interesting is that Thomas andFirst of all, I must correct myself on something. It was the brigade
> the boys had just concluded a dangerous approach march the night
> before. The march was so important that Thomas even authorized the
> lighting of bonfires along the route so that the troops would not
> get lost and to keep the boys warm.
> So on the morning of the 19th, he launches an attack, even if it is
> a lone brigade, with troops who had not rested for over 24 hours.
> Still not sure why.
commander Croxton, not division commander Brannan who made the
facetious comment about which brigade he was to capture.
I have never read anywhere any other reason for Thomas making his
attack that morning, but I do have a guess. He already knew that
Confederates were at Reed's bridge the night before. This was about
two miles to Thomas' east. The further north you go, the further to
the east the Chickamauga flows, thus opening up more maneuver room
for any Confederate forces crossing the river. It would seem logical
for Thomas (and Rosecrans) to fear that Bragg would try to cut off the
AotC from Chattanooga.
Since Thomas had been notified that Confederate infantry was already
on the west side of the river, I think his advance had two purposes.
The first was to find out just where the enemy was. The second was
to try to hold Bragg back from moving any further to the north, which
would endanger the Union left flank even more. By getting the battle
underway, Thomas succeeded in keeping Bragg back.
Anyway, that's my opinion.