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116th Illinois Infantry

1st Brigade - 2nd Division

 

15th Corps

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. 116th Illinois Marker
View of the front of the historic marker.
Inscription. [Front Side]:

Illinois
116th Infantry,
1st Brigade - Giles A. Smith,
2nd Division - Morgan L. Smith,
15th Army Corps - Blair.

[Back Side]:

The metal plaque is missing

 
Erected 1899 by the State of Illinois. (Marker Number MT-185.)
 
Location. 35° 4.318′ N, 85° 14.326′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from North Crest Road north of Lightfoot Mill Road. Click for map. This historic marker is located in the Sherman Reservation, up on the hill called the "Sherman Heights," due north of the Iowa monument, up over the crest of the hill and is the first of three Illinois monuments that are located partially down the backside of the slope. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, “Monument located at the Sherman Reservation/1935 Map 52-35 along Missionary Ridge.". Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 127th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 57th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from
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By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. 116th Illinois Marker
View of the back side of the historic marker, showing the location of the missing metal plaque in the middle of the marker.
this marker); 63rd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Giles A. Smith's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Cockerill's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 53rd Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. Because of its location in the Sherman Reservation it cannot be reached by car and can only be reached by foot. I would suggest parking your car in the provided parking area on Lightfoot Mill Road and then walking north on North Crest Road. You will reach a spot on this road where there is a locked gate barring further vehicle traffic on the road, but not foot traffic. Continue to walk all the way to the end of North Crest Road. Once there you will see a pathway that goes from the end of the road to the center of the gorge that separates "Tunnel Hill" to your south and "Sherman Heights" to your north. This historic
116th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
3. 116th Illinois Marker
View from the site of the Union earthworks on the summit of "Sherman Heights" northward towards the featured historic marker.
marker is to the north on "Sherman Heights."

According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “7'-6" x 4'-4" x 4'-6" high rock-faced monument consisting of rectangular granite block with an inscribed polished front on a rectangular base. The tops of both pieces are beveled. Marks unit's position on November 25, 1863. a.m.”
 
Regarding 116th Illinois Infantry. According to the National Park Service, the removed plaque refers to Lieutenant Colonel James F. Boyd.
 
Also see . . .
1. 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 26, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. National Park Service List of Classified Structures. This is a link to information provided by the National Park Service regarding this particular monument. (Submitted on August 25, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
116th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
4. 116th Illinois Marker
View of the southeast corner of the historic marker looking north, towards the next Illinois Monument, down the backside of the slope.
116th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
5. 116th Illinois Marker
View of the southwest corner (backside) of the historic marker looking north, towards the next two Illinois Monuments, down the backside of the slope.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on August 25, 2016.
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