Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
—Brigadier General Richard W. Johnson —
Brigadier General Richard W. Johnson
September 20th, 1863, until 6 p.m.
1st Brigade - Brigadier General August Willich.
2d Brigade - Colonel Joseph B. Dodge.
3d Brigade - Colonel William W. Berry
This Division was established on this line before daylight of September 20th, having withdrawn the evening before from the vicinity of Winfrey's House in the face of Cleburne's attack. Berry's Brigade was on the front and Willich in reserve. Baird's Division was on the left and Palmer's on the right.
Dodge's Brigade was transferred before the attack to the left of Baird's Division. The front was protected by a breastwork of logs. About 10 a.m. Cleburne's Division attacked the fronts of Johnson and Palmer, but after desperate fighting for about an hour it was repulsed with heavy loss.
Thereafter, there was little fighting on this front until late in the afternoon. Meantime part of Berry's and all of Willich's Brigades assisted in repelling the persistent attacks on Baird's left. At 4 p.m. Willich's Brigade moved in rear of Baird's line, and skirting the woods moved southwards and cleared them of scattered forces of the enemy and took position in the southeast corner of the Kelly field to the right of Reynold's Division.
Being heavily attacked at this moment, Johnson and Baird maintained their lines for a short time and then withdrew in haste and in disorder to the woods west of the Kelly field. They were not pursued into the forest, and thence moved to Rossville by way of McFarland's Gap. Loss during two days: Killed, 148; wounded, 940; missing, 554; total, 1,642.
Erected 1890 by War Department. (Marker Number MT-507.)
Location. 34° 55.778′ N, 85° 15.3′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Battleline Road south of Alexander Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The tablet is located about halfway between the northern end and the middle of the line of mostly Union monuments, markers, and tablets that are situated along the length of the park's Battleline Road. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 5th Indiana Battery (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named 5th Indiana Battery (here, next 5th Kentucky Infantry (USA) (a few steps from this marker); 32nd Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 6th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Baldwin's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 93rd Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the marker number for this monument and the monument's location in relation to the rest of the park's monuments, markers, and tablets. According to the map it provides the, "numerical listing of all monuments, markers, and tablets on the Chickamauga Battlefield (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
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