Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
2nd Michigan Cavalry
—McCook's Division —
Second Regiment of Cavalry.
Colonel Archibald P. Campbell.
Major Leonidas S. Scranton.
Text on the back side of the Monument:
The regiment guarded the fords of Chickamauga River from Glass' Mill to the right, on the 19th and 20th of September, 1863, skirmishing during the time, about noon of the 20th retired in the direction of Crawfish Springs. From there guarded the trains to Chattanooga arriving at 3 a.m. of the 21st. Casualties: 18
Erected 1895 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number MT-882.)
Location. 34° 54.412′ N, 85° 16.371′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Glenn-Viniard Road north of Wilder Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along a park roadway (Google maps show road as Vittitoe-Chickamauga Road, NPS map show road as Glenn-Viniard Road), near the Wilder Tower. According to the location information
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 123rd Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd & 3rd Kentucky Cavalry (C.S.A.) (a few steps from this marker); 4th Indiana Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Chicago Board of Trade Battery (a few steps from this marker); 2nd, 4th, 5th, & 6th Kentucky U.S. Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Indiana Mounted Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilder´s Defense (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “6'6" x 4' x 9', smooth-faced monument has peaked-top shaft flanked by slanting-top buttresses on battered base. Front has polished, inscribed panel and was topped with bronze crossed swords
The National Park Service also reports that, "Missing from monument are 2 bronze horseshoes, 2 bronze state seals, 2 bronze hilts, and parts of the saber at top of monument."
In addition, the National Park Service reports that, "The monument was moved 91 feet in 1966 to make way for a projected road re-routing that never actually happened. In 2001, it was returned to its original location."
I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the marker number for this monument and the monument's location in relation to the rest of the park's monuments, markers, and tablets. According to the map it provides the, "numerical listing of all monuments, markers, and tablets on the Chickamauga Battlefield (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
Also see . . . 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 October 18, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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