The Fight For Tennessee: July 1863 to January 1864

Siege of Chattanooga

What was the condition of the Confederate defenders?

It was terrible. When they first arrived at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, the men of the Army of Tennessee were on a high from their victory at Chickamauga. Even though they did not capture Chattanooga, they held the high ground—perhaps the highest ground seen in the entire war—and it seemed only a matter of time before they starved out the Federals. Now the situation had reversed, and in the interim, it was the Confederates who went hungry. Complicating their misfortunes was a cold snap that arrived in the second week of November.


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