November 13-16, 2019
A 2019 BGES Civil War Field University Program
Union Maj. Gen. William Starke Rosecrans had no friends in Washington, and the summer of 1863 put him on the spot. With Union armies achieving military successes in Mississippi and Pennsylvania, he was being pressured to move against Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg, who was keeping a wary eye on him from Tullahoma, Tennessee. Successfully maneuvering Bragg out of Tennessee, Rosecrans complained that there was no credit given unless success was painted with buckets of blood. As he negotiated the Cumberland Plateau, Bragg was ensconced just around Chattanooga. Then, when Rosecrans got careless crossing the Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain chains, Bragg leapt. Despite missing a great opportunity at McLemore’s Cove, Bragg had another chance. Bolstered by the arrival of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, Bragg won a hallow victory at Chickamauga and then squandered his advantage besieging Chattanooga–meeting General Grant in the process. This comprehensive tactical study of the Confederacy’s only major victory in the west will bring you a rewarding and busy four days.
A resident of Rainbow City, Alabama, Norm Dasinger, Jr. has led many tours of Civil War sites in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. His interest in the war began when he and his father began researching their family history in the early 1980s. Finding several Confederate and Union ancestors, they set out to see the battlefields they had fought upon, a journey that led to multiple states. They, along with Norman’s brother, joined the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and became active in the organization for years. While living in Paulding County, Georgia, then Alabama, Norman studied local battlefields and became active in interpreting them for various organizations. He continues to enjoy showing people the deep and rich history of locations in his state and surrounding areas.