Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
17th Ohio Infantry
—Brannan's Division —
Lieutenant Colonel Durbin Ward Commanding.
Connell's Brigade, Brannan's Division.
14th Army Corps.
Text from the back side of the Monument:
September 19th, 1863, from about 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. the Regiment was engaged on the right of Van Derveer's Brigade, about one mile east of the Lafayette road, and a few hundred yards south of the Reed's bridge road.
September 20th, was in the first line of battle in this position until 12:00 noon when General Wood's Division vacated the line on its right, then being assailed in front and on the its right flank, was driven beyond the range of hills west of here and became separated from the left of the Army. Later in the day Lieutenant Colonel Ward was wounded. The command thereafter devolved on Major Butterfield. A detachment of the Regiment rallied on Snodgrass Hill and fought till the Army retired at night. Loss, killed 16: wounded 114: captured or missing 21: total 151.
Erected by the State of Ohio. (Marker Number 967.)
Location. 34° 55.29′ N, 85° 15.731′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Click for map. This historical marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along the east side of the national park's battlefield tour roadway called Poe 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. Connell's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Lumsden's Alabama Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Light Battery D, 1st Michigan Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Benning's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Georgia Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 20th Georgia Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Kolb's Alabama Battery (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 monument number for this marker and the marker's location in relation to the rest of the park's monuments, markers, and tablets. According to the
Regarding 17th Ohio Infantry. Because of its position in the Union line of battle, on the morning of September 20th, the 17th Ohio found itself in an extremely dangerous and critical situation. The following is a description, from the Familypedia website, of what the 17th Ohio experienced:
"The unit suddenly became the shoulder of the right wing of the Army of the Cumberland when a mixup in orders resulted in the disintegration of one third of the army to the south of their position under the assault of James Longstreet who had recently arrived via rail with new reinforcements. The mix-up in Union commands caused a quarter mile gap immediately to the south of the Seventeenth. By coincidence, this happened to be the precise location where Longstreet would attack in force... Most of the casualties that the Seventeenth Ohio sustained were inflicted [by] these forces in Hood's division. When Longstreet attacked at the point vacated by Wood, Hood's division moved to protect the advancing column, sending 3 brigades in a diagonal charge, placing maximum pressure on the 17th. Few other regiments were in a more dangerous position. Fresh troops under one of the most able generals
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Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chickamauga (17th Ohio Volunteer Infantry ... This is a link to information provided by the wiki, familypedia website. (Submitted on August 18, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. 17th Ohio Infantry. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on August 18, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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