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This Day in Georgia History

November 23, 1863

Battle of Chattanooga Began

The first of a series of battles collectively known as the Battle of Chattanooga (see timeline and narrative) was fought with Union troops storming Orchard Knob, driving the Confederates back and capturing 200 enlisted men and 9 officers. This battle was fought a mile or so due west of downtown Chattanooga, and although this area lies in Tennessee, it was very close to the Georgia border. Also, Grant’s victory at Chattanooga would have very definite consequences to Georgia, making possible Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign.