Study group tracks Bragg's route at Chickamauga

Sometimes the placards along the paths at Chickamauga Battlefield just aren't enough.

Members of the Chickamauga Study Group came from as far away as Ohio and Illinois for a weekend of intense focus on the route of Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg.

David Powell started the Chickamauga Study Group seven years ago. He is the author of "Chickamauga Maps" which chronicles a month of troop movements in 320 pages.

"I think for a lot of people it doesn't really come alive until you've been to a place," said Mr. Powell, a Chicago resident. The group visited Lee and Gordon's Mill, Chattooga Academy and other sites around Walker and Catoosa counties Friday. The tour continues today.

Jim Ogden, historian for the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, began the tour by describing Gen. Bragg's circumstances on the south side of the Tennessee River in September of 1863.