As the presentations from this year’s Emerging Civil War Symposium air on C-Span3 I will publish the map I made to accompany each talk. Because our theme this year was “Forgotten Battles” I knew that some of the topics might not have quality maps for support. Furthermore, I assumed that many attendees and our blog audience had not visited most of the sites, thus I created modern tour guides rather than historical maps. Troop movements are still overlaid onto the maps with varied degrees of detail. Up first is the Tullahoma Campaign.
The full presentation by Chris Kolakowski can be seen on the C-Span website.
This was one of the more challenging maps of the batch. It definitely had the largest scope to include. In hindsight I might have zoomed in to show more detail around the mountain gaps, but I wanted to show the full campaign front to highlight how Rosecrans was able to deceive Bragg. The baiting of the Confederate cavalry into concentrating around Shelbyville had a major impact on the Union army’s ability to easily slide around the Confederate right.
A map of the campaign really ought to include Chattanooga (and probably Nashville) to demonstrate the strategic impact of the Union maneuver but I knew I would not have room to show any sort of troop details with a scale that zoomed out.
Most of the other Symposium maps that I post will contain more details about how to visit these sites. This one for Tullahoma only has a modern highway network background. That is not to say that there are no interpretive stops. Middle Tennessee State University performed a study and placed wayside exhibits throughout the region. Unfortunately, they have not maintained the webpage that was meant to accompany this possible driving tour of the campaign.
In addition to viewing the talk, potential visitors can learn more about this campaign by reading Chris’s The Stones River and Tullahoma Campaigns: This Army Does Not Retreat (History Press, 2011) and finding a back issue of Blue & Gray Magazine’s Volume 27, Number 1. Additionally, Dave Powell and Eric Wittenberg are co-authoring a study of the campaign that is set to release through Savas Beatie next summer.