Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant

The Battle of Wauhatchie was significant because it enabled Major general Ulysses S. Grant to establish a much-needed supply line (known as the Cracker Line) to provision his starving army at Chattanooga. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Wauhatchie, Facts

October 28–29, 1863

Key facts about the Battle of Wauhatchie.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Brown’s Ferry

Date

  • October 28–29, 1863

Location

  • Hamilton County, Tennessee
  • Marion County, Tennessee
  • Dade County, Georgia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 11th Army Corps, 12th Army Corps

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Jenkins’s Brigade, Longstreet’s Corps

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 420 (killed, wounded and captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 408 (killed, wounded and captured/missing)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • The Battle of Wauhatchie was one of the largest night battles of the American Civil War.
  • The Battle of Wauhatchie was significant because it enabled Major general Ulysses S. Grant to establish a much-needed supply line (known as the Cracker Line) to provision his starving army at Chattanooga.

Timeline of the Chattanooga Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Chattanooga Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Wauhatchie, Facts
  • Coverage October 28–29, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of wauhatchie, american civil war, chattanooga campaign, cracker line, ulysses s. grant, joseph hooker, john w. geary, william f. "baldy" smith, james longstreet, micah Jenkins, braxton bragg
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 12, 2021
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