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On September 19,1863, a train rumbled its way toward Catoosa Station, Georgia. Aboard rode forty-two-year-old Lieutenant General James Longstreet with a heart full of ambition and hope. He believed that he carried within himself the ability to vanquish the Union armies in the West, a feat that would surely win for his beloved Confederacy the independence it so earnestly sought. "My own desire in the matter is to save the country" he had written to a fervent supporter in the Confederate Congress. "I hope that I may get west in time to save what there is left of us." Sadly he did not possess the ability to accomplish what he expected, and his ambition to command the Army of Tennessee would not be satisfied.