Portrait of Joseph Hooker

Eyewitnesses to the Confederate victory at the Battle Ringgold Gap claimed that federal losses were much higher than Major General Joseph Hooker reported. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Ringgold Gap Facts

November 27, 1863

Key facts about the Battle of Ringgold Gap.

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Date

  • November 27, 1863

Location

  • Catoosa County, Georgia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 11th Army Corps
  • 12th Army Corps

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Cleburne’s Division (the Army of Tennessee)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 12,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,100

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 432 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 480 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • Eyewitnesses to the battle claimed that federal losses were much higher than Major General Joseph Hooker reported.
  • Cleburne’s small force held Hooker’s 12,000 men at bay for five hours, buying time for General Braxton Bragg to reassemble the disorganized Army of Tennessee at Dalton, Georgia following its defeat at the Battle of Missionary Ridge.
  • After the Battle of Ringgold Gap, Union General Ulysses S. Grant ended the pursuit of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
  • The Battle of Ringgold Gap was the last engagement of the Chattanooga Campaign.

Timeline of the Chattanooga Campaign

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

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Ringgold Gap Facts
  • Coverage November 27, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of ringgold gap, american civil war, chattanooga campaign, joseph hooker, braxton bragg, patrick cleburne
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 1, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 12, 2021
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