Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 18, 1863: Opening moves at Chickamauga Creek

Colonel John T. Wilder
On this day 150 years ago, advance units of the Confederate Army of the Tennessee clashed with Colonel John T. Wilder's "Lightning Brigade" as they forced a crossing over Chickamauga Creek. Confederate commanding General Braxton Bragg knew his army was receiving substantial reinforcements and was going forward with a counteroffensive against Union Major General William S. Rosecrans' Army of the Cumberland.
CHATTANOOGA AND GORDON'S MILLS ROAD, ONE AND A HALF MILES FROM GORDON'S MILLS,

September 18, 1863-4 p.m.

Colonel GODDARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General, and Chief of Staff:

The enemy are crossing (infantry and cavalry) Chickamauga Creek at Alexander's and Byram's Ford below. Colonel Minty has fallen back toward Rossville; has two of my regiments. Colonel Minty reports cannonading toward Cleveland last night. This forenoon a column of dust arose in Napier's Gap; three hours in passing. A large camp fire is now seen at Napier's. The column that attacked me came through Napier's Gap; another column came from the direction of Peeler's. Colonel Minty reports infantry flanking him on both flanks.

I am, sir, very respectfully, &c.,

J. T. WILDER,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

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