Chickamauga National Battlefield Photos
Photos of and links related to the Chickamauga National Battlefield.
The field around the Brotherton Cabin marks the turning point of the Battle of Chickamauga. Miscommunication by Union officers caused them to move a group of soldiers off the line, leaving a gap. Confederate General James Longstreet, who had just recently arrived at the battle site, saw the opening and led a charge through it, which nearly routed the Union army and turned the tide of the battle in the Confederates’ favor. Union General George H. Thomas was able to rally his half of the Union army on Snodgrass Hill, where they withstood several afternoon attacks, before retreating in the night.
Snodgrass Hill is where the Union Army held after the Confederates had broken their line earlier in the day. The Union half of the army that held was led by General George H. Thomas, who earned the nickname “Rock of Chickamauga” for his leadership that day. By holding the line, the Union army was able to avoid a complete rout, and retreated orderly back to Chattanooga that night.
General William Rosecrans was the Union commander at the Battle of Chickamauga; the Confederates were led by General Braxton Bragg.