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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lightburn's Brigade

Morgan L. Smith's Division

 

15th Corps

 
Lightburn's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
1. Lightburn's Brigade Marker
Inscription.
Lightburn's Brigade.
Morgan L. Smith's Division, 15th Corps.
Brig. Gen. Joseph A.J. Lightburn.

Nov. 25, 1863.

83rd Indiana, - Col. Benjamin J. Spooner.
30th Ohio, - Col. Theodore Jones.
37th Ohio, - Lieut. Col. Louis Von Blessingh.
47th Ohio, - Col. Augustus C. Parry.
54th Ohio, - Maj. Robert Williams, Jr.
4th West Virginia, - Col. James H. Dayton.

The Brigade advanced from the Tennessee River about 2 P.M. of November 24th, seized the high ridge about 950 yards north of this point late in the day, and intrenched. About 9 A.M. of the 25th, the 30th and 37th Ohio, and two companies of the 4th West Virginia, all under command of Col. Theodore Jones, supported by the 47th Ohio on the left, crossed the intervening valley, captured the outer Confederate works near this point and moving to the left in conjunction with Corse's Brigade on the right, at 10:30 A.M. made an assault upon the main Confederate works about 220 yards south, and were repulsed. The detachment was relieved at dark by a part of Giles A. Smith's Brigade, and rejoined its brigade. Loss: 10 Killed, 76 Wounded.
 
Erected 1890 by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-121.)
 
Location.
Lightburn's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
2. Lightburn's Brigade Marker
View of the historic marker in the woods off to the left (east) of the clearing at the top of the hill where the main body of Union troops were positioned.
35° 4.237′ N, 85° 14.352′ 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," and is situated just east on the trail that goes off into the woods, and down the side of the hill, from the east side of the clearing where the Iowa Monument is located. 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. 103rd Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Corse's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Iowa State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 6th Missouri Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 40th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Ewing's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 46th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 54th 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
Lightburn's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
3. Lightburn's Brigade Marker
View of the historic marker looking west through the woods and up the slope towards the clearing where most of the markers and monuments are located..
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 marker is to the north on the "Sherman Heights."
 
Regarding Lightburn's Brigade. While this tablet identifies both the location and role played during the military action of this particular Brigade, as well as listing the regimental units that make up this Brigade, not all of its listed regiments have individual markers and/or tablets for the park visitor to view. So of the regiments listed for Lightburn's Brigade, all of them except for the 83rd Indiana and 4th West Virginia have either a marker or a tablet for visitors to view. In explaining why a number of the Army of Tennessee regimental units did not have markers, the NPS staff state the following,

"There is no indication that there ever were stone markers or bronze tablets, as applicable for any of those unmarked units. Most of these (units) were positioned where the National Military Park did not acquire any ground.”
Lightburn's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
4. Lightburn's Brigade Marker
View of the historic marker looking east from the clearing near the top of "Sherman Heights."

 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Use this link to see the Regimental markers, tablets, and/or monuments for this Brigade (except for the 83rd Indiana and 4th West Virginia).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on October 13, 2016.
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