Tullahoma: The 1863 Campaign for the Control of Middle Tennessee

Michael R. Bradley

  • Tullahoma: The 1863 Campaign for the Control of Middle Tennessee

The Union armies of 1863 faced a demanding challenge. They must win enough victories to assure those in the North, who were not interested in emancipation, that the war was being won and that the Union would be preserved. At the same time victories were necessary to convince foreign powers not to enter the war in support of the Confederacy.

The opposing commanders of middle Tennessee had more immediate concerns. Union General William Rosecrans and Confederate General Braxton Bragg each had a feud on their hands: Rosecrans with the War Department and Bragg with his generals. Rosecrans needed to fight and win for political as well as military reasons. Bragg needed to show he could win if any confidence were to be regained from his subordinate commanders.

On June 23, 1863, Rosecrans was ready to move. Over the next eleven days, in a constantly pouring rain, he conducted a campaign of maneuver and skirmishing which drove the Confederate Army of Tennessee completely out of the state and laid the foundation for Sherman's capture of Atlanta and March to the Sea.

The Tullahoma campaign of 1863 is often overlooked, being overshadowed by the simultaneous events at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. However, the strategic results of the campaign were enormous: the Confederacy lost the human, agricultural, and industrial capacity of middle Tennessee; Chattanooga came under the fire; and the Union Army of the Cumberland took a large step forward in the campaign to divide the Confederacy.

Author Michael R. Bradley
Pages 110
Images 8
Maps 6
Bibliography No
Index No
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