Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
4th Michigan Cavalry
—Crook's Division —
Fourth Regiment of Cavalry.
Colonel Robert H. G. Minty.
Major Horace Gray Commanding.
Minty's Brigade, Crook's Division, Cavalry Corps.
Text from the back side of the monument:
On the morning of Sept. 18th, 1863, this regiment with its brigade, met the advance of Bushrod Johnson's Column on the east slope of Pea Vine Ridge, successfully delaying for ten hours the crossing at Reed's Bridge of a largely superior force of the enemy's infantry and artillery: thus materially contributing toward the defeat of the Confederate design to crush the left wing of the Union Army. Sept. 19th guarded the movement of trains to Chattanooga. Sept. 20th successfully engaged the enemy at Red House Bridge on the Ringgold Road. On the 21st and 22nd assisted in covering the movement of the army to Chattanooga.
Erected 1895 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number MT-884.)
Location. 34° 55.848′ N, 85° 13.743′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Jay's Mill Road and Reeds Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south on Jay's Touch for map. This monument is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along the park roadway called Jay's Mill Road, at the park's site where the Reed's Bridge crossing was contested. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, “This monument is located in Jay's Mill Field in the Chickamauga Battlefield at map site #19". 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. Dibrell's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Johnson's Provisional Division (a few steps from this marker); 4th United States Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederates Cross the Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Minty's Cavalry Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Pegram's Division (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Huwald's Tennessee Battery (about 700 feet away). 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 marker is, “9' x 5' x 8', the rock-face monument of blue
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 4th Michigan Cavalry. It should be noted that this monument displays a bronze bas-relief artwork, that depicts the combat action that this regiment saw from this position.
When discussing Battlefield Monuments, the National Park Service offers this special insight: "Of special interest are bronze bas-relief plaques attached to many monuments. These depict battle scenes based on veterans' eyewitness accounts. Because there are no photographs of the fighting, these plaques are among the best visual records of the battles."
Also see . . . National Park Service List of Classified Structures. This is a link to information (Submitted on November 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on November 3, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.