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Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

115th Illinois Infantry

1st Brigade-Whitaker — 1st Division-Steedman

 

—Reserve Corps - Granger —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2010
1. 115th Illinois Infantry Marker
View of the front side of the historical marker.
Inscription. [Front Side of Marker]

Illinois
115th Infantry.
1st Brigade - Whitaker.
1st Division - Steedman.
Reserve Corps - Granger

[Reverse Side of Marker]

Commanded By
Col - Jesse H. Moore.
Sept. 20 - 1863.
2 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Loss 183.

 
Erected by State of Illinois.
 
Location. 34° 55.624′ N, 85° 16.321′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Vittetoe Road west of Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road when traveling west. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the northwest section of the Chickamauga National Military Park, near the Snodgrass Hill area of the driving tour, along the part of the battlefield known as Horseshoe Ridge, more specially on Hill #3 of Horseshoe Ridge. To view this historical marker drive to the parking area for Horseshoe Ridge (just beyond the Snodgrass Hill tour stop) and proceed westward on foot, along the southern crest of the ridge for a little more than 0.2 of a mile, to the high ground on Hill #3. 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
115th Illinois Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2010
2. 115th Illinois Infantry Marker
View of the reverse side of the historical marker (which was noted as being missing on 08/01/2012).
marker. Whitaker’s Brigade. (a few steps from this marker); 22nd Michigan Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd Regiment South Carolina Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 84th Regiment Indiana Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Headquarters Reserve Corps (a few steps from this marker); 40th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 89th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 41st Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. When revisiting the site of this historical marker on August 1, 2012, I noticed that the metal plaque on the reverse side of this monument is now missing. I would guess that it was stolen by scrappers, seeking valuable metals to sell at the local scrap metal dealers in order to obtain cash.
 
Regarding 115th Illinois Infantry. The 115th Illinois Infantry was part of the forward brigade (Whitaker's Brigade) of Steedman's Division which arrived at the Union position on Snodgrass Hill at the critical moment of the battle. When directed to provide support for the Union right flank, Steedman directed Whitaker's Brigade to rush up to crest of the ridge, arriving just in time to drive off the Confederate forces that were on
115th Illinois Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2010
3. 115th Illinois Infantry Marker
View of historical marker on the crest of Snodgrass Hill with a view of the historical marker for the Headquaters of the Reserve Corp, in the background.
the verge of flanking the beleaguered 21st OVI, situated on what had been the extreme right flank of the Union line of battle.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
115th Illinois Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2010
4. 115th Illinois Infantry Marker
View looking east from the historical marker along the park trail, towards the location of the 21st Ohio Infantry.
115th Illinois Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2010
5. 115th Illinois Infantry Marker
View looking south, of the Union regimental markers (including the featured historical marker on the far right), and in the center of the picture the small marker for the attacking 2nd South Carolina Regiment by the distant tree line.
115th Illinois Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
6. 115th Illinois Infantry Marker
View of the reverse side of the historic marker where the now missing metal plaque was located.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 480 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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