Contrary to popular belief, Picketts charge at Gettysburg was not the largest of the Civil War. No, more men charged at Chattanooga than any other battle during the war. More than the number of men involved, what makes this charge so miraculous, so unbelievable, is the men of The Army of the Cumberland charged up a steep ridge without orders from any superior officer. Twenty-five thousand of them did so, and many never made it to the top, but most did and drove The Confederate Army of Tennessee from its well entrenched position. The charge up Missionary Ridge is easily the most unbelievable action of the war. At the time, it was deemed a miracle, as one observer wrote: “The men of The Army of Cumberland made the most miraculous charge in the history of military science.”
At the time the battle was given great notoriety by the press and people. Since then, many military historians have come to consider it the true turning point in the war, and none of this would have happened in those twenty-five thousand Union troops had not taken matters into their own hands and made the charge. The battle might well have stagnated through the winter and then Atlanta would not have been taken for another year and President Lincoln probably not reelected.
The Boys of Chattanooga tells the true story of the battle through the perspectives of President Lincoln, General Grant, and most of all three common soldiers who fought it. Share Billy, Matt, and Clarence’s tribulations as the Confederates drive The Army of the Cumberland back to Chattanooga and then lay siege to the chage. Suffer with them as they nearly starve while President Lincoln’s wrestles with the best course of action to take. Share General Grant’s trials as he travels from Vicksburg to Chattanooga though suffering with a severely injured leg. Then on the third day of the battle climb Missionary Ridge with the Army of the Cumberland as they wrest one of the most securely defended Confederate positions of the war. It was indeed a miracle, one well worth reading about.