How Did Rosecrans Move Into Chattanooga

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The Battle of Chickamauga initiated after Major General William Rosecrans was coming off his successful Tullahoma Campaign, with the Army of the Cumberland, in the summer of 1863. Rosecrans had outmaneuvered the Confederate Army of the Tennessee, under General Braxton Bragg, in Murfreesboro Tennessee, forcing him to move into Chattanooga this maneuvering costed him around 500 troops. President Lincoln was persistent to make Rosecrans move into Chattanooga because of the pivotal role the city had on the South. Chattanooga had important rail lines leading to Nashville, Knoxville, and even as south as Atlanta carrying their iron resource. Chattanooga also held a very good defensive position with the terrain features of Lookout Mountain, Missionary

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