August Meeting – Angela Atkinson

Join us as Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger/Historian Angela Atkinson discusses Chickamauga, a critical Western Theater battle fought in northern Georgia,  and its impact on the course of the American Civil War in the west.

Meeting time: 7:30 PM, August 13, 2013

Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia

Topic: The Battle of Chickamauga–1863

After being pushed out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the Union Army of the Cumberland under Major General William Rosecrans in early September 1863, General Braxton Bragg’s Confederate Army of Tennessee quickly regrouped. After being reinforced by two divisions of James Longstreet’s corps from the Army of Northern Virginia, Bragg launched a major strategic counteroffensive to retake the city.

This major offensive resulted in a desperate two-day struggle along the quiet banks of Chickamauga Creek in northern Georgia on September 19-20, 1863.  This single engagement was to become the bloodiest battle fought in the Western Theater during the American Civil War and the only victory granted Bragg’s Army of Tennessee.

Angela Atkinson has been a National Park Service ranger/historian at Gettysburg National Military Park since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and recently completed requirements for a master’s degree in history from Shippensburg University.  She has worked as a park ranger/historian at several national parks including Independence National Historical Park in Pennsylvania; Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi; and Natchez National Historical Park, also in Mississippi. She has been a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at various Civil War seminars and roundtables in the region.

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