On this morning 150 years ago, a Confederate force under General Bushrod Johnson and General Nathan Bedford Forrest engaged Union cavalrymen at Reed's Bridge. In the ensuing fight, Forrest's men eventually got the better of their Federal counterparts, but the Yankees had delayed the Confederate advance long enough for the Union Army of the Cumberland to concentrate along Chickamauga Creek. The bloodiest battle of the Civil War in the West had begun.
Last month, the Civil War Trust announced its effort to save 109 acres at Reed's Bridge – the site of the opening action of the Battle of Chickamauga. Today, on the 150th anniversary of this iconic battle, we are pleased to report that we have raised more than 75% of the funds needed to preserve this important piece of the Chickamauga battlefield. With just one more push, we can raise the last 25% we need to save what Ed Bearss called "one of the most significant tracts of ground that the Civil War Trust has saved in a long time."
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