Storming the Heights: A Guide to the Battle of Chattanooga

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“An outstanding guide…meets the needs of the serious students as well as the casual visitor.”
- Edwin Bearss, former chief historian of the National Park Service

In this guide, matt Spruill recounts the story of the November 1863 battle of Chattanooga using official reports and observations by commanding officers in their own words. The book is organized in the format still used by the military on staff rides, allowing the reader to understand how the battle was fought and why ...

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Overview

“An outstanding guide…meets the needs of the serious students as well as the casual visitor.”
- Edwin Bearss, former chief historian of the National Park Service

In this guide, matt Spruill recounts the story of the November 1863 battle of Chattanooga using official reports and observations by commanding officers in their own words. The book is organized in the format still used by the military on staff rides, allowing the reader to understand how the battle was fought and why leaders made the decisions they did.

Unlike other books on the battle of Chattanooga, this work guides the reader through the battlefield, allowing both visitor and armchair traveler to see the battle through the eyes of its participants. Numerous tour “stops” take the reader through the battles for Chattanooga: Wauhatchie, Lookout mountain, Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, and Ringgold Gap. With easy-to-follow instructions, extensive tactical maps, eyewitness accounts, and editorial analyses, the reader is transported to the center of the action. Storming the heights offers new insights and covers key ground rarely seen by visitors to Chattanooga.

The Author: A retired army colonel, matt Spruill served as a licensed battlefield guide for the national Park Service at Gettysburg Battlefield Military Park. He is the author of A Guide to the Battle of Chickamauga.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572332379
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

The Author: A retired army colonel, matt Spruill served as a licensed battlefield guide for the national Park Service at Gettysburg Battlefield Military Park. He is the author of A Guide to the Battle of Chickamauga.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chronology of Battles around Chattanooga 7
1 Prelude 9
2 Securing Brown's Ferry: October 27, 1863 23
3 The Fight at Wauhatchie: Night of October 28-29, 1863 39
4 The Battle for Lookout Mountain 53
5 Reconnaissance in Force: November 23, 1863 87
6 The Battle for Missionary Ridge: Preparations 101
7 The Battle for Missionary Ridge: The South Flank 113
8 The Battle for Missionary Ridge: The Center 143
9 The Battle for Missionary Ridge: The North Flank 185
10 Delaying Action at Ringgold Gap: November 27, 1863 223
11 The Aftermath 243
App. I Union Order of Battle 249
App. II Confederate Order of Battle 263
App. III Excursion to Lookout Valley 275
App. IV Excursion to Fort Wood Site and Orchard Knob 307
App. V Excursion to Rossville Gap 317
App. VI Chattanooga National Cemetery 329
Index 333
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