Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
68th Indiana Infantry
— Reynolds' Division —
Sixty Eighth Regiment Infantry.
Second Brigade. (King)
Fourth Division. (Reynolds)
Fourteenth Corps. (Thomas)
Sunday, September 20th, 1863, 6 P.M.
to 7:30 P.M.
Erected 1898 by the State of Indiana. (Marker Number MT-820.)
Location. 34° 55.687′ N, 85° 16.228′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Memorial can be reached from Vittetoe Road west of Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road when traveling west. This historical marker is located in the northwest section of the Chickamauga National Military Park, near the Snodgrass Hill area of the driving tour, along the part of the battlefield known as Horseshoe Ridge, more specially on Hill #2 of Horseshoe Ridge. To view this historical marker drive to the parking area for Horseshoe Ridge (just beyond the Snodgrass Hill tour stop) and proceed westward on foot, along the southern crest of the ridge for a little more than 0.1 of a mile, to just beyond the high ground on Hill Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 101st Indiana Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 9th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Close of the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); E. Kings Brigade (Detachment) (within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Kentucky Infantry Regiment (CSA) (within shouting distance of this marker); Sirwell's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Trigg's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); VanDerveer’s Brigade. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “Standard Indiana regimental marker consists of 4' x 4' x 4'8" high rock-faced oolitic stone block with a peaked top and a 12" x 18" bronze plaque affixed to its front. Marks regiment's position on Snodgrass Hill, 9/20/1863 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.”
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).”
Regarding 68th Indiana Infantry. According to the historical tablet for the King's Brigade, the 68th Indiana and the 101st Indiana, "were detached from their Brigade by order of Gen. Thomas, when Reynolds' Division in the withdrawal from the Kelly field had reached the vicinity of the Mullis house on the McFarland Gap road and ordered to report to Gen. Brannan at the Snodgrass house to cover the withdrawal of his portion of the line. Gen. Brannan reported them about 7 o'clock to the Commanding Officer of the 35th Ohio, then holding the right of VanDerveer's Brigade, and they were posted upon this
According to the historic tablet "Close of the Battle," at this late stage of the battle the following took place, "A movement of the Confederates called out a volley which was responded to by them and was then followed by their withdrawal. This was the last firing of the battle. The 68th Indiana, Captain Edmund Finn, and the 101st Indiana, Maj. George W. Steele both under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Doan of the 101st, were soon reported to the commander of the 35th Ohio, and were posted by him along the crest to the right of this position to cover the withdrawal, the 101st being to the extreme right. VanDerveer's Brigade with the 9th Indiana was then withdrawn by regiments from left to right, and after a short interval the 68th and 101st Indiana, in the order named, followed, covering the movement."
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
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 April 14, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 11, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.