#54 A Horseman Falls Chickamauga, Georgia September 20, 1863

Chickamauga, Ga. Sept. 20, 1863


The Northern forces were driven back yesterday and looked on the verge of defeat but the Confederates never arrived with the death blow. The Southern leader, General Bragg, refused to continue the battle into the night. He believed that his troops would be able to finish the North off in the morning, but Bragg didn't count on reinforcements arriving while he slept. Led by General Thomas, the revitalized Northern troops were able to slam into Confederate territory and halt Bragg's drive. Several Confederate officers were bitter at the Southern failure and blamed General Bragg's faulty reasoning. The officers have reported directly to President Jefferson Davis, and have pinpointed their beliefs on why the battle was lost.