Mix-up in the Union Command

Mix-up in the Union Command (HM18MO)

Location: Chickamauga, GA 30707 Catoosa County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 55.331', W 85° 15.728'

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An unwise order created a perilous gap in the Union line

Shortly before 11:00 a.m. on September 20, Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, the Union commander, received an erroneous report that Brig. Gen. John M. Brannan's division was out of position, which would have created a gap in the Union battle line. In fact, Brannan's men were concealed in the woods behind you - right where they should have been. Brannan's line is marked along this road today by monuments and cannon.

In a move to close the supposed gap, Rosecrans dispatched an order to Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Wood to move to the left to support Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Reynolds. Wood, who had been harshly reprimanded earlier that day for failing to obey orders promptly, did as he was commanded.

The departure of Wood's division opened a real gap in the Union battle line about 1/4-mile south of here (to your right). Meanwhile, Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet prepared a massive attack that would hit the Union line at that vulnerable point.
HM NumberHM18MO
Placed ByChickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 7:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 658741 N 3865791
Decimal Degrees34.92218333, -85.26213333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 55.331', W 85° 15.728'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 55' 19.86" N, 85° 15' 43.68" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5246 Poe Rd, Chickamauga GA 30707, US
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