Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Second Day Begins
attacks on the Union
By the morning of September 20, 1863, General Braxton Bragg had organized his Confederate army into two wings - Longstreet's on the left, and Polk's here on the right. Bragg ordered Polk to attack at dawn. However, the attack was delayed, and the Federals used the first critical hours of daylight to strengthen their log breastworks.
Finally, at 9:30 a.m., Major General John C. Breckinridge's Confederate Division struck the Union breastworks at this point. Other Confederate units joined them as the attacks spread southward along the line of monuments behind you. The pressure of these attacks forced Union commander Major General William Rosecrans to move men from his center to stop the attacks here on his left.
About noon the futile and costly Confederate charges ended, not to be resumed until late afternoon. The Federals stood firm behind their log wall, awaiting the outcome of the fighting still raging south of here.
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
Location. 34° 56.008′ N, 85° 15.326′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Click for map. This monument is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The monument is located at the extreme northern end of the line of mostly Union monuments, markers, and tablets that are situated along the park's Battleline 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. Hardship on the Union Line (a few steps from this marker); 15th U.S. Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd Tennessee Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 16th U.S. Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 48th Tennessee Infantry (a few steps from this marker); King's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 18th US Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Wisconsin Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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