Chattanooga Campaign Timeline (1862 - 1864)


Chattanooga became one of the last major possessions of the Confederacy in Tennessee.

There are a total of (12) Chattanooga Campaign Timeline (1862 - 1864) events in the CivilWarTimeline.net database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events are also included for perspective.
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Union Victory
COMMAND: General Ulysses S. Grant
FORCES: Army of the Cumberland; Army of the Tennessee
STRENGTH: 72,533
CASUALTIES: 5,824
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COMMAND: General Braxton Bragg
FORCES: Army of Tennessee
STRENGTH: 48,948
CASUALTIES: 7,000








April 12, 1862

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In one of the more bizarre operations of the war, Union operatives steal the locomotive named "General" in Northern Georgia running between Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The event is known as the "Great Locomotive Chase". James J. Andrews is head of the Union effort consisting of volunteers. The locomotive is eventually recaptured and the thieves executed.



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June 6, 1862

Union guns open up on Chattanooga, Tennessee.



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June 30, 1863

The route to Chattanooga is threatened when Confederate General Bragg is forced to abandon his positions in northern Tennessee.



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August 3, 1863

General Bragg's forces successfully evade Union capture when they cross the Cumberland Mountains.



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September 9, 1863

General Rosecrans directs a capture of Chattanooga, Tennessee forcing Confederates to withdraw. The Confederate forces are led by General Bragg.



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October 19, 1863

General Grant writes from Louisville, Kentucky "Hold Chattanooga at all hazards, I will be there as soon as possible." He would arrive in southeast Tennessee four days later.



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October 21, 1863

The attack on Chattanooga is planned by Union authorities including General Grand and General Rosecrans.



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November 23, 1863

The Battles for Chattanooga take place from November 23rd to NOvember 25th. Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, and Rossville Gap are some of the names associated with the actions. General Grant faces General Bragg and his Army of the Tennessee.



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November 25, 1863

The Chattanooga Campaign comes to a close and is recorded as a Union victory, further enhancing General Grant's growing legacy in the war.



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November 26, 1863

With Confederate forces in retreat from Chattanooga, Union Generals Sherman and Hooker follow in an attempt to smash the enemy.



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February 19, 1864

Like General Grant, General Sherman receives an official thanks for his services in the ongoing war - namely his direction of the Chattanooga victory.



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May 4, 1864

Union General William Sherman begins his move towards Atlanta, Georgia.



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