CCNMP Study Group 2010 battle walks

As promised, here are the subjects for our 2010 scheduled battle walks. As we have done for the past two years, we will use a bus on Friday, and will car-caravan to our dismount points on Saturday.

CCNMP Study Group 2010 tours
March 12 and 13, 2010.

Friday Morning: Bragg in Command, part I
By Bus, we will trace Confederate Commander Braxton Bragg’s movements to the field between September 9th and 19th, discussing his command decisions and the information he had at the time. Stops will include Lee and Gordon’s Mills, Rock Springs, Lafayette, Leet’s Tanyard.

Friday Afternoon: Bragg in command, part II
By Bus and foot. We begin with a hike down to Thedford Ford, discuss Bragg reaching the field on the 19th and subsequent decisions that day, then hike back. From there we will discuss the morning confusion with Polk, the decision to order everyone into action, and later meetings. We will visit Brotherton Field and the 20th HQ site near Winfrey Field.

Saturday Morning: Cleburne Attacks
On foot. While Breckinridge’s Division overwhelmed John Beatty’s Brigade and nearly broke through into Thomas’ Rear, the southern end of Kelly Field was assailed by DH Hill’s other Division, under Pat Cleburne. Cleburne’s men had a difficult fight that morning, and it was not the command’s best performance. We will examine Polk’s attack, Wood’s delay and wandering, and finally, Deshler’s desperate action at noon. We will visit Polk’s tablet on Alexander Bridge Road, move overland to Wood’s approximate departure point, track his brigade’s attack with Stewart into Poe field (visit Alabama Monument) and work our way up the ridge to Deshler’s mortuary monument.

Saturday Afternoon: Final defense of Battle line Road
On foot, we will examine the defense of Battle line road, and the final retreat from that position on September 20th. We will focus primarily on Baird’s Division and the difficulties they experienced as they tried to disengage, on how well the overall retreat was managed, and on the nature of the final Confederate attack in this sector.

I hope to see many faces, both new and familiar, next March. Maybe it won’t rain…


2 Responses to “CCNMP Study Group 2010 battle walks”

  1. Don Hallstrom Says:

    Hello Mr. Powell

    Just received my copy of your atlas and looking forward to reading it. I recently read a book, CONFEDERATE STRUGGLE FOR COMMAND – Alexander Mendoza. In it he mentions on the second day that Longstreet had an opportunity to exploit a gap between Kelly Field and Horshoe Ridge. By sending troops through this gap, the author contends that the union force could have been split in two.

    When I read this, I wasn’t sure I had ever heard this, or at least remembered hearing about this gap before. I looked for some information in the text in the atlas and didn’t see any.

    My question in reference to this gap is regarging the potential importance. Was there really an opportunity missed?

    I understand that Glenn Robertson is finishing a book on the campaign. Do you know when this will be published. I did read some of the material he provided for Blue & Gray Magazine and look forward to the book.

    Have you heard of anyone else doing any books on the campaign, battle, etc?


  2. davidpowell334 Says:


    The gap is well known in Chickamauga literature, though folks differ on how likely it was to be exploited. I mention it a couple of times, but do not devote a seperate map to it. For example, in map 14.6 you’ll note that I mention that Thomas’ first intention was to send Steedman into this gap, but when Bushrod Johnson appeared on the right, events dictated otherwise.

    The man most likely to be aware of the gap on the Confederate side was Benjamin G. Humphreys, since part of his brigade faced into it, but he apparently failed to notice, and in fact told Longstreet he was heavily outnumbered and asked for permission to retreat. Longstreet allowed him to do so, and no other Rebels ever reported the vulnerability. Some of Willich’s men covered the area with a skirmish line soon after, which was apparently enough of a Federal presence to keep the gap concealed.

    Glenn is hard at work on such a book. I have no idea when it will be ready, but I would not bet on less than a couple of years, given what he told me last weekend at the conference.

    I don’t know of anyone else tackling the subject, though I do have some ideas along those lines myself.

    Dave Powell

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