Picture of the Day - September 20, 2009
|Photo courtesy of Jesse Adams.
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146 years ago today the Confederate Army of Tennessee handed their
Union opponents one of their most significant defeats of the entire
Civil War at Chickamauga, Georgia. Fighting virtually in their own
back yard just across the state line, the Tennessee soldiers were
bound and determined to take the battle to the enemy and prevail, at
whatever cost in human blood. The victory turned out to be quite
costly indeed, but prevail they did.
Although the Confederates suffered well over 18,000 casualties
during the two day battle, the stunning Union defeat at Chickamauga
dealt a staggering blow to Northern hopes that the war would soon be
over. Instead, it would drag on for almost two more years, and on
that hot September day way back in 1863, the ultimate outcome of the
war was far from certain.
Today, the battlefield at Chickamauga sports a rather serene
pastoral look, but the lonely cannon featured in today's picture is
a stark reminder of the day the fields turned red with the blood of
so many of our countrymen.
Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:
Camera: Fuji FinePix S3000
Focal length: 11mm
Shutter speed: 1/280 second
Name: George Mabe
Town: Pulaski, VA
Chickamauga is a beautiful place to visit, Civil War buff or not. I
highly recommend stopping by there if you're ever in the Chattanooga
area. Great picture Mr. Adams.
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
I drive up I-75 quite often on business, and I have visited
Chickamauga several times. I agree with Mr. Mabe - it really is a
must-see if you're ever in the area.
Name: Barbara Stiltner
Town: Eau Claire, WI
I must admit that I had never heard of the Battle of Chickamauga
before today, and I'm surprised about that since it was such an
important battle of the Civil War. Thanks for sharing this photo
with us and the story that goes along with it. This is why I LOVE
this site so much!
Name: Alma Mae Johnson
Town: West Memphis, AR
What a serene view of one our nation's most important historic
places. Great job Mr. Adams in capturing both the beauty and history
Name: Scott McVey
Town: Beatrice, NE
Thank you Mr. Adams. This is a great picture. Civil war battle
fields always remind me of my father. He dearly loved Civil War
history and we visited many battlefields including Chickamauga.
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