On Tuesday, October 6, 1863 Confederate President Jefferson Davis left Richmond, Virginia on a trip to Charlestown, South Carolina and to north Georgia to visit Braxton Bragg’s army besieging William Rosecrans’ Union forces at Chattanooga.
Charlestown had to continue to resist the Union campaign against her, and Bragg’s forces, greatly impacted by command difficulties, required Davis’ personal attention. Davis arrived in Atlanta, Georgia on October the 8th and proceeded northward to Bragg’s headquarters. While there, Davis both reviewed Bragg’s efforts to isolate Rosecrans’ Union forces at Chattanooga and met with the various unhappy generals on Bragg’s staff, attempting to establish harmony.
Before leaving on October 13, Davis authorized Bragg to relieve General D.H. Hill from command. Hill and Bragg had long been at odds with one another.