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Chattanooga.

When Hood made his audacious movement upon Sherman's communications, by invading Tennessee--without however tempting the Northern commander from his grim course — Chattanooga was the only point in Thomas' Department, south of Nashville, which was heavily garrisoned. This town became the supply center for all the Federal posts maintained in eastern Tennessee. Therefore it had been well fortified, so strongly in fact that Thomas, who had just begun his great concentration movement, was able by December 1st to draw Steedman away to the Elk River and thence to Nashville. It was from a point on the hill a little to the right of the scene shown in the lower photograph on this page that the picture of Chattanooga fortified was taken.

Chattanooga fortified in 1864

Chattanooga and the military bridge


 

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