Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
85th Illinois Infantry
2nd Brigade - Daniel McCook
— 2nd Division - Morgan —
Daniel McCook's Brigade
6 p.m. 18th to 7 a.m. 19th of September 1863
"The opening of the battle."
Erected 1899 by the State of Illinois. (Marker Number MT-704.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 18, 1863.
Location. 34° 55.793′ N, 85° 13.21′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Reeds Bridge Road east of Canon Drive, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located outside of the Chickamauga Battlefield NMP along Reeds Bridge Road just west of the Chickamauga Creek. 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. 2nd Illinois Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); 125th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 86th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Minty's Cavalry Brigade (approx. half a mile away); Johnson's Provisional Division Dibrell's Brigade (approx. half a mile away); 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry (approx. half a mile away); Confederates Cross the Creek (approx. half a mile 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, “2'6" x 1'2" x 2'6" high rectangular slab of dark Quincy granite. Rock-faced sides; polished & inscribed front. "Illinois" is in large raised letters on beveled top. Marks unit's position from 9/18/1863 at 6:00 p.m. to 9/19/1863 at 9:00 a.m.”
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 14, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.