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

Sirwell's Brigade

Negley's Division

 

—Thomas’ Corps —

 
Sirwell's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. Sirwell's Brigade Marker
Inscription.
Sirwell's Brigade.
Negley's Division - Thomas Corps.
Col. William Sirwell.

Sept. 20, 1863. noon.
37th Indiana - Lieut. Col. William D. Ward.
21st Ohio - Lieut. Col. D.M. Stoughton.
21st Ohio - Maj. Arnold McMahan.
21st Ohio - Capt. Charles H. VanTine.
74th Ohio - Capt. Joseph Fisher.
78th Pennsylvania - Lieut. Col. Archibald Blakeley.
Battery G, 1st Ohio - Capt. Alexander Marshall.

Troops from this Brigade were the first infantry to occupy Snodgrass Hill. The command was sent about 10 o'clock from its position in front of the TanYard to re-enforce John Beatty's Brigade then engaged north of the Kelly field. On the way it was turned toward Snodgrass Hill, reaching it about the time of the break in the Union line near Brotherton's. The 78th Pennsylvania took position on the slope in front of the Snodgrass house. At the request of General Brannan the 21st Ohio was sent to his assistance, and held the right of his line on the hill until about 3 P.M., when it was relieved by the 35th Ohio and 2d Minnesota of VanDerveer's Brigade. It subsequently fought on the left of Whitaker's Brigade until dusk. Soon after noon the rest of the Brigade, acting under orders from Gen. Negley, retired towards McFarlands Gap.
 
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Sirwell's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. Sirwell's Brigade Marker
View of the historical marker, looking east, across the Snodgrass field.
Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission.
 
Location. 34° 55.768′ N, 85° 16.057′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Vittetoe Road west of Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the northwest section of the Chickamauga National Military Park, along a ridge called Snodgrass Hill. To view this historical marker drive to the parking area in front of the Snodgrass House and the marker can be seen situated in the field just to the northeast of the Snodgrass House. 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. 3rd Kentucky Infantry (USA) (here, next to this marker); Wood's Division (a few steps from this marker); 37th Indiana Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Harker's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 64th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 65th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 41st Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Hazen's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Sirwell's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
3. Sirwell's Brigade Marker
View of the historical marker looking northeast along a long line of Union monuments and tablets that are situated along the high ground of Snodgrass Hill.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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