FC: The Saga of Grant the Heroic General And the Great Victory At Chattanooga
1: History Belongs to the victors, and a hero is in the eye of the beholder
2: Come to hear the humble origins of the mighty General Grant and his conquest of the rebellious Chattanooga. Come to hear the beginnings of a Hero.
4: The Timid General William Rosecrans had fled from Chickamauga after a tragic defeat and came next to Chattanooga.
5: Major General "Baldy" Smith emerged from the sea at Brown's landing and opened a magnificent "cracker line" for the hungry soldiers of Chattanooga in October of that year.
6: But even with the clever underling's magnificent cracker line, suffering and starvation yet lurked in the shadows. The chaplain of a regiment wrote this plea to the newspaper, hoping the word to be spread and the salvation of food achieved. Chattanooga, Nov. 3, 1863. Mr. Editor: I will, with your permission, make a statement or two for the information of many friends at home, in relation to the 79th Regiment Indiana Volunteers. On the 22d ult., after a very tedious and wearysome journey of some fourteen days from Indianapolis, I reached Chattanooga. I immediately reported at Colonel Knefler’s headquarters, and found the members of the command in very good health and spirits. be helped, was short rations.The regiment numbers about 300 men, and they are tried and true men, as ever drew a sword or faced a musket...
7: ts could only get some potatoes, onions, and such like things, to us just now, they would be most thankfully received.No one at home can imagine how much we need such things at this juncture.We have nothing just now but hard bread, meat and coffee.We soon shall have an abundance of that, but a few good vegetables would greatly subserve both the health and comfort of the war worn soldiers.We do not want knick-knacks.We want plain, substantial vegetables and dried fruits. The largeness of the crop of fruit in Indiana this year warrants the expectation that we shall be remembered by the friends at home.The rebels are shelling us, or rather at us, from the top of Lookout Mountain. What they have done so far amounts to nothing.—We shall certainly hold the position, at all hazards. This is the unanimous determination of this army. With great respect, L. H. Jameson, Chaplain, 79th Reg’t Ind. Vol.
8: On November the 23 the lesser General George Thomas was sent forth to capture the little (non-Tolkien) knolls and hills that lay in the shadow of the mighty Missionary Ridge.
9: The very next day clever General Joseph Hooker led his men forward to Lookout Mountain and into the Battle Above the Clouds. The rebellious scum had been bombarding and terrorizing the loyal men from atop their lofty perch for weeks on end. The general found the hole in their defenses and burst through and forced the rebels from their ill-gotten perch before the sun had set.
10: Underlings Thomas, Hooker, and Sherman went to surround the foolish rebel Braggs at the mighty Missionary Ridge. The cowering fool sent his underlings to burn bridges and delay the mighty underlings but in the end weakened himself, especially as the foolish generals put his artillery on the wrong ridge and could not actually fire on the forces of good and the union
11: Then, in a flash of glory the forces of Grant and Unity broke through the center of the rebel scum as a cleansing flood and drove the dirty greybacks of the “Army of Tennessee” from the Ridge and into the depths of Georgia
12: Though many brave, good men were lost to the rebels that day it was a victory none the less. The Humble Battle in the West opened the door to the Deep South and Georgia that allowed the rebellious sons of the South to be brought back into the warm embrace of the Northern mother.
13: Chattanooga was also The Great general Grant's first great victory, and the first battle which he led as the highest General of all other Union soldiers. This was to be the last battle Grant fought in the West, for the East and ferocious Lee called him to victory and adventure nearer the capital, including a presidency years later.
14: Bibliography Currier, and Ives. President Lincoln at Genl. Grant's Headquarters. 1865. Lithograph. Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Gettysburg: The Great Reunion. 1913. Photograph. N.p. Hickman, Kennedy. "Civil War: Battle of Chattanooga." About.com Military History. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014. Jameson, L. H., Chaplain. "Besieged in Chattanooga." Letter to Indianapolis Daily Journal. 3 Nov. 1863. MS. Indianapolis, Indiana. Kurz, and Allison. Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tn. 1886. Legends of America. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. McCormick Harvesting Machiene Company. Battle of Mission Ridge. 1863. Chromolithograph. Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Portrait of Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, Officer of the Federal Army. 1860-1865. Photograph. Library of Congress, Washington D.C. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Library of Congress. Web. 26 Jan. 2014.
15: The Battle Above the Clouds. 1864. N.p. Ulysses S. Grant in the Field. 1864. Photograph. Son of the South. Web. 26 Jan. 2014.