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The Death of Colonel Heg at Chickamauga

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A lithograph titled "Charge of the 15th Wisconsin Regiment at Chickamauga; death of Colonel Heg", showing the death of Hans Christian Heg.
A lithograph titled "Charge of the 15th Wisconsin Regiment at Chickamauga; death of Colonel Heg", showing the death of Hans Christian Heg.
Image ID:70325
Creation Date:
Creator Name:Unknown
Collection Name:Album 14 (The Civil War--Buildings, sites, battles, naval history, prisons)
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:Album 14.39
Original Dimensions:9.437 x 6.875 inches
The battle of Chickamauga took place in Georgia, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on September 19-20, 1863. This was a critical battle which determined the control of the railroad within Chattanooga, and hence a large portion of the South. General William S. Rosencrans' Army of Cumberland fought 60,000 strong against General Branton Bragg's 43,000 Confederates. General James Longstreet of the Confederacy and General George Thomas also played decisive roles in this battle, especially on the second day. General George Thomas made the most famous move of this battle when, after the collapse of General Rosencrans' right line, Thomas was able to withstand the subsequent attack of Longstreet's Confederate army. This action gave Thomas the nickname of "Rock of Chickamauga," but did not win him the battle. The Confederate army won the Battle of Chickamauga and prevented the Union seizing control of the Chattanooga railroads. Wisconsin regiments that participated in this battle included the 1st, 10th, 15th, 21st, and 24th Infantry, the 8th and 3rd Battery Light Artillery, and the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry. Colonel Hans Christian Heg of the 15th Wisconsin Infantry was mortally wounded at Chickamauga on 19 September 1863 and died the next day. A statue of Heg by Norwegian-American sculptor Paul Fjelde was erected in 1926 - and still stands - at the King Street approach (northeast corner) to the state captol in Madison. See also Image ID: 2538, painting done after the lithograph
Military uniforms
Civil War, 1861-1865

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