When: June 13
Where: Otterbein University, Shear-McFadden Science Hall, Room 104. Westerville Ohio 43081
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Speaker: Chris Kolakowski
Topic: Tullahoma Campaign
The second duel between Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland and Bragg’s Army of Tennessee occurred June 24 through July 4, 1863, as both forces maneuvered for control of Middle Tennessee and the gateway to Chattanooga. Bragg’s failure to effectively counter Rosecrans’operations ended with the Confederates fleeing across the Tennessse River to Chattanooga. Tullahoma set the stage for the subsequent campaigns of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta, but it has been largely overshadowed by more famous (and bloodier) events in Pennsylvania and along the Mississippi River. This talk will discuss the campaign and place it in its true importance to the story of the Civil War.
Christopher L. Kolakowski is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He recieved his BA in History & Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College and his MA in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany. He has devoted his career to interpreting and preserving American military history, having worked for the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Trust, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, and the U.S. Army Reserve. His is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of military history, and the books The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass and The Stones River & Tullahoma Campaigns: This Army Does Not Retreat, both part of the History Press’Sesquicentennial Series. This spring the U.S. Army will publish his short history of the 1862 Virginia campaigns. Currently Chris works as Director of the General George Patton Museum of Leadership in Fort Knox, KY.