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By David Powell,William Lee White

In October 1863, the Union military of the Cumberland was once besieged in Chattanooga, all yet surrounded by way of usual rivals: The accomplice military of Tennessee. The Federals have been surviving by way of the narrowest of margins, thank you in basic terms to a trickle of offers painstakingly hauled over the sketchiest of mountain roads. quickly even these quarter-rations wouldn't suffice. catastrophe was once within the offing.

Yet these Confederates, as soon as jubilant at having routed the Federals at Chickamauga and pushed them again into the obvious capture of Chattanooga’s trenches, came upon their very own conditions more and more tricky to undergo. within the fast aftermath in their victory, the South had fun; the Confederacy’s personal mess ups of the former summer—Vicksburg and Gettysburg—were doubtless reversed. Then got here stalemate in entrance of these similar trenches. The Confederates held the excessive flooring, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, yet they can now not thoroughly seal off Chattanooga from the north.

The Union spoke back. Reinforcements have been at the approach. a brand new guy arrived to take command: Ulysses S. provide. accomplice basic Braxton Bragg, unwilling to release a frontal assault on Chattanooga’s defenses, sought victory in other places, diverting troops to East Tennessee.

Battle above the Clouds through David Powell recounts the 1st half the crusade to raise the siege of Chattanooga, together with the hole of the “cracker line,” the weird evening conflict of Wauhatchie, and essentially the most dramatic battles of the whole conflict: Lookout Mountain.

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