Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
21st Wisconsin Infantry
— Baird's Division —
Colonel Harrison C. Hobart
2nd Brigade, Baird's Division
Text on the Back Side of the Monument:
This regiment, Colonel Harrison C. Hobart commanding, after marching all night September 18, 1863, arrived at or near the south end of the Kelly field at daybreak. About 9:00 A.M. September 19, was ordered to advance. After moving about one mile east of this position became hotly engaged north of Winfrey house, and meeting the enemy in overwhelming numbers, was obliged to retire a short distance with the loss of several officers and enlisted men. Again advancing, occupied and retained its position until night when it became engaged in the night fight on the same ground. On the morning of the 20, took this position and held it throughout the day against repeated assaults of the enemy until about 5:30 P.M., when it was obliged to retire, the Colonel and many officers and men being captured.
The loss in these engagements
Erected 1899 by the State of Wisconsin. (Marker Number MT-1081.)
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
Location. 34° 55.836′ N, 85° 15.277′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Memorial is on Battleline Road south of Alexander Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. This monument is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The monument is located about halfway between the northern end and the middle of the line of mostly Union monuments, markers, and tablets that are situated along the length of the park's Battleline Road. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service the, “Monument located within the Chickamauga Battlefield along Battleline Road, map site #57”. 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. 24th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Starkweather's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 93rd Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Baldwin's Brigade79th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Wisconsin Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 5th Indiana Battery (about 400 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 monument is, “7'6" x 7'6" x 20', monument is an obelisk of brown granite on 2-step gray stone base. Pedestal of obelisk is polished with lettering and acorn, while shaft is rock-faced with inset etched state seal. Cap projects and ends in pyramidal top.”
The National Park Service also identifies the B & M Granite Company, of Wisconsin, as being the Architect of this monument.
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).”
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on January 18, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 28, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 8. submitted on January 18, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.