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

Preston's Division

Buckner's Corps

 
 
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By Byron Hooks, June 24, 2011
1. Preston's Division Marker
Inscription.
Preston's Division, Bucknerís Corps.

Brig. Gen. William Preston.
Col. Robert C. Trigg.
Sept. 19, 1863 – Noon.


Gracieís Brigade,††† Brig. Gen. Archibald Gracie, Jr.
Triggís Brigade,†††Brig. Gen. Robert C. Trigg.
Kellyís Brigade,††† Col. John H. Kelly.


Gracieís brigade crossed the Chickamauga at Daltonís ford at dark Sept. 18th and established its line near Huntís house. At daylight on the 19th the two remaining brigades crossed soon after which the division advanced westwardly Gracie in advance. This brought the leading brigade to this position. At noon Trigg was advanced toward Hallís to the road leading to Lee and Gordonís Mill and was soon skirmishing heavily and after 2 P.M. his right was driven back to Prestonís main line by a destructive fire from Davisí line near the Lafayette road. Trigg then advanced to and was soon hotly engaged on the left of Robertsonís brigade of Hoodís division until sundown Gracieís and Kellyís brigades remained in position on this line until 2 P.M. Sept. 20th.
 
Erected 1890 by War Department. (Marker Number MT-1111.)
 
Location. 34° 53.964′ N, 85° 15.059′ W. Marker is in Fort
Preston's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, June 24, 2011
2. Preston's Division Marker
Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Viniard Road half a mile east of LaFayette Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Parking is available in a gravel lot on the south side of Viniard Road (N 34 54.091 W 85 15.105). From the parking area on Viniard Road follow the un-paved park road (no vehicular traffic allowed) that starts at the parking area south to the marker. 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. Triggís Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stewart's Division (about 600 feet away); 18th Indiana Battery (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named 18th Indiana Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buckner's Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Prestonís Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilder's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gregg's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. Approximately 700 metal position and descriptive markers with raised lettering were installed on the Chickamauga Battlefield by the War Department in 1890. This plaque is red indicating it is for a Confederate unit.

In locating 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 marker 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 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 . . .
1. Death Knell of the Confederacy. Link to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park web site. (Submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Cast Iron Tablets and Bronze Plaques (MT-1111). This is a link to information provided by the National Park Service regarding this particular monument. (Submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

3. Battle of Chickamauga. Overview of the Battle of Chickamauga provided by the American Battlefield Trust. (Submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on December 3, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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