The Fight For Tennessee: July 1863 to January 1864

Siege of Chattanooga

Why was Braxton Bragg still in charge of the Army of Tennessee?

To the modern-day observer, it is obvious that Bragg had to go. He had snatched an indecisive draw from the jaws of victory at the Battle of Chickamauga, and he had done little or nothing to prevent Grant’s new offensive. To Jefferson Davis, however, Bragg still seemed like the right man. Not only did Davis like and trust Bragg, but there was no one on hand with whom to replace him. Davis traveled from Richmond to Marietta, Georgia, in October 1863, where he met with Bragg and all his subordinate officers. To a man, they claimed that Bragg was unfit, but Davis kept him in his position and sent a message to be read to the troops with pointed words about the dangers of insubordination and treason.


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