Battle of Missionary Ridge Civil War art Print

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SKU: 22 civil war

An archival premium Quality art Print of The Battle of Missionary Ridge by Kurz and Allison copyrighted in 1886 for sale by Brandywine General Store. This was the final battle which let General Ulysses S. Grant break the siege of Chattanooga and was fought on November 25, 1863. The first two were The Battles of Orchard Knob and Lookout Mountain which were also both Union victories. Union Troops were ordered to go to the base of this ridge and dig rifle pits and stay there until further orders. Somehow once the Union soldiers were under fire from the Confederates, they spontaneously charged up the slope, overwhelmed the Southern Forces and took Missionary Ridge, which was thought almost impossible, due to the geography and the Confederates having the high ground. Grant at first was furious, wondering who had given the orders to charge up the hill, but no orders were given, the soldiers evidently took this task upon themselves. By it being to spontaneous, this probably threw the Confederates off guard, since they were not expecting anything this brash and bold. So one would surmise that Grant soon forgot about being mad. One of the men charging up the hill on this day was 18 year old Arthur MacArthur, adjutant of the 24th Wisconsin Infantry, when the regiment's color bearer was shot, young MacArthur picked up the flag and carried it the rest of the way up the slope and planted it on the top. He was given a Medal of Honor for his heroics, of course, he later became the Father of the famous World War II leader, General Douglas MacArthur. With the fall of Chattanooga, the Union now controlled the eastern part of Tennessee. In another big setback for the South, one of the few rail lines between Virginia and the rest of the Confederacy went thru this territory, so now the Confederate Soldiers also lost the ability to travel around and ship products by rail. And probably the worse thing about the loss of Chattanooga was the Union now had a staging area in which to invade the Deep South, which Sherman made use of during his fiery march to Atlanta. Civil War art print #22


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