Report from the Battle of Chickamauga

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840 PM
Gen Halleck  Chattanooga Tenn Sept 20th 5 PM 1863
We have met with a serious
disaster extent not yet ascertained Enemy
overwhelmed us drove our right pierced
our centre and scattered them Thomas
who had seven division remained intact
at last news Granger with two
brigades had gone to support Thomas
on the left every available reserve
was used when the men stampeded
Burnside will be notified of the
state of things at once &
you will be informed troops from
Charleston Florida Virginia & all along
the sea board are found among
the prisoners it seems that every
available man was thrown against us
sig W S Rosecrans Maj Genl

#OTD in 1863 Major General William Rosecrans sent this telegram to General-in-Chief Henry Halleck to apprise him of the situation at Chickamauga, which was not a good one for the Union forces. Among the few high points was the emergence of General Thomas, who earned his nickname, the Rock of Chickamauga, for the actions described here.

Thanks to Twitter user HunterSJones for requesting something on Chickamauga! We are always open to suggestions, though we can’t guarantee that we’ll find everything suggested.

Edit: Thanks to Ray for helping me with the tricky “news” on the sixth line of the message!

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2 responses to “Report from the Battle of Chickamauga”

  1. huntersjones says :

    Fantastic! Thank you so much for posting this. I’m going to share to my FB page, etc. Many thanks for the incredible work you are doing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. huntersjones says :

    Reblogged this on Exile on Peachtree Street and commented:
    From the project Decoding the Civil War, a note written from the Battle of Chickamauga.

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