xt70k649q72g_483 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt70k649q72g/data/mets.xml https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt70k649q72g/data/2009ms132_0088.dao.xml McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885 1.66 Cubic feet 3 boxes, 1 flat box, 1 map folder The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Civil War soldier letters (1798-1986, bulk 1854-1915; 1.66 cubic feet) comprise correspondence, newspapers and newspaper clippings, photographs, journals, military records, affidavits and pension claims, poems and songs, other manuscripts, and realia of Civil War soldiers and their friends and families. archival material English University of Kentucky This digital resource may be freely searched and displayed.  Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically.  Physical rights are retained by the owning repository.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.  For information about permissions to reproduce or publish, contact the Special Collections Research Center. Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Civil War soldier letters Affidavits Civil War in the North Correspondence. Envelopes (Stationery) Legal documents. Mayors--Kentucky--Louisville Military correspondence. Military history. Military life. Newspapers. Petitions. Prisoners of war--United States Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) Reports. Slaveholders. Slavery--United States. Soldiers--Correspondence. Soldiers--United States. Songs--United States. Transcripts United States--Armed Forces--Military life United States--History--19th Century. United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Photographs United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865. Veterans--United States. War and society Washington (D.C.) Might have become President, Tri-State Trader text Might have become President, Tri-State Trader 2014 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt70k649q72g/data/2009ms132_0088/2009ms132_0088_160/2009ms132_0088_160_10/2009ms132_0088_160_10_2/10972/10972.pdf 1986 February 3 1986 1986 February 3 section false xt70k649q72g_483 xt70k649q72g O • .
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He was known as "the general of the southern siege was broken. It was Rosea
one mistake." Had it not been for that crans’ plan for lifting the siege that
` mistake, on the second day of the Civil Grant had used, but he got no credit for
War battle of Chickamauga, Maj. Gen. the victory. A broken man, he was trans-
William Starke_Rosecrans`,of Cincinnati, ferred to unimportant posts and quit the
Ohio, might have `Becorne president of Army a year later.
thi? United St8t€S· Vindication came to Rosecrans 25
In late Summer 1863, Rosecrans Was years later, at a battlefield reunion pic-
- perhaps ih€ b€Sl·k¤0W¤ g€¤€F3l in tht? nic for Confederate and Union veterans
Union Army. His bloodless 03P¥¤1`€ of at Chickamauga in 1889. Ten thousand
Chattanooga, T€¤¤-, ihfi South’S m0$t men cheered Rosecrans as he stood atop
important railroad center, had sent the 3 table updgy the mam time A news-
Q North into joyous celebration. The end of paper reporter wrote that ·‘e1d veterans
the war seemed imminent. i cried like infants" upon seeing the old
But Rosecrans, goaded by an 1mpa— commandel-_
tient War Department, barely paused at · y . -
‘_ Chattanooga. With rebel Gen. Braxton mggggg2)fIKgO?lig:§(i1Ie]iJ&?0r$};€rH(;;}l3viglgggt
Breeze al`mY in apparent _diSa“`3Y» a monument anywhere. But at Chicka-
Rosecrans split his own army into three meuge, his iieme lives Oni as a general
wings and followed the retreating south- Oi imdeubied ability who made one miS_
erners into northern Georgia. take, in the heat of battle, and paid for it
Bragg, however, was not in retreat. He the rest of his life. — kt
was lying in wait for his overconfident
opponent. On the night of Sept. 18, the  
two armies blundered into each other Amgflca S Fl]‘St’ Largggf
along the banks of Chickamauga Creek, , , ,
i 10 miles south of Chattanooga along the National MZllta]`y Park
T€‘m€SS€€‘G€0Yg1a b<>rder· The next two The story of Gen. William Rosecrans
deve Saw Some ef the blppdlest flghtmg is told at America `s f`irst. largest and
ef me Civil Wan most-visited national military park.
Rosecrans, who had never seen defeat ChickamaugaChattanooga.
in his battles, had graduated fifth in his A quarter century after the end of the
West Point class, and become a success- Civil War. Americans raised money to
ful architect and engineer in Cincinnati. erect monuments, plaques and markers
When the war broke out, he was pressed to the pivotal fighting that took place in
back into service. the Chickamauga and Chattanooga
Perhaps for the first time, Rosecrans araaa in 1863-
realized he was in a fight for survival in NO_W» $aY$ the Challaaaaga Area Call-
[hgg raging Chickamauga battle Bragg VGHUOII and VlS1tOI`S Bureau, €le1eOI`tS HI'?}
attacked the morning of Sept. io, and all underway to deed end repair el! df the
day the two armies clashed in the deep Parkys 666 mamlmaatsl la Praparailaa
wggdg and undeybmshv for aimajor national celebration of the
The next morning an over-tired Rose- perk S Certerral In ieee The menu`
crans checked out the Union positions. ments were fundedr deslgned andpleeed
Aiiei. Brigadier Gen. Themes Weed i~eil_ by veterans from each state who fought
ed to move his troops as quickly as Rose- there . . .
crans wanted, Wood got a vicious public Suppe"terS.em/felon efneler pmgrem
tongue-lashing from his commander. _e1eeg teelmeeef the Seve the Statue
Rosecrans would come to regret that ef Llbeety preleet _ te preserve the
outburst. mememele . . .
Later in the dey, Rosecrans eel 3 i_e_ For more. information about the im-
port of a gap in the Union lines, and not perteeee ef the Ce1eke}]]euge`Chette"
bothering to check the accuracy of the Heege eree to the CIW] Well; er emerge
information, ordered Wood to move his treeeene m end eeeund eeeeeneege
troops there Weed, fearing eiieiliei. i,e_ contact the Convention and Visitors Ber-
buke, moved quickly eeiioet 1001 Market St., Chattanooga. liv
Ironically, at that same time 11,000  
Confederate troops came crashing
through the woods at exactly the spot
that Wood had vacated. The result was a
rout of the Union troops.
Rosecrans’ beaten army was able to
retreat into Chattanooga, but the fiasco
. led to Rosecrans’ downfall. President
Abraham Lincoln named Ulysses S.
Grant to head the Union armies in the
West, and Grant chose to dismiss Rose-
Two months later, Grant won the ad-
miration of the northern public when the A

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