Throughout the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond will be hosting a monthly series of talks devoted to a topic or event's 150th anniversary. These talks, normally scheduled for the third Friday of the month, are free for members and Richmond area residents, and are included with Museum admission for all others.
With the failure of the Kentucky Campaign in 1862 and the retreat from lower Tennessee into Georgia the following year, the situation was sullen for the Confederate Army of the Tennessee in the summer of 1863. After Confederate forces were flanked out of the vital railroad crossroads of Chattanooga, Tennessee, it seemed only a matter of time before Union General William Rosecrans and his Army of the Cumberland would capture Atlanta, Georgia. But after Rosecrans dangerously divided his forces on the march south, Confederate General Braxton Bragg struck at Chickamauga Creek. Although Bragg’s army forced Rosecrans to retreat, the costly attacks of the battle and the failure to capture Chattanooga saw the beginning of the end for the Army of the Tennessee. As Gen. D.H. Hill wrote, Chickamauga was a “barren victory” for the Confederacy. Join Development Officer Will Glasco as he discusses the fighting at Chickamauga Creek, generally viewed as the second bloodiest battle of the war.
Bring your lunch to the Museum and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.