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

18th Indiana Battery

Wilder's Brigade

— Reynold's Division —

 
 
18th Indiana Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2018
1. 18th Indiana Battery Marker
View of the front side of the monument.
Inscription.  Text on the front side of the monument:

1st Brigade, Wilder
4th Division, Reynolds
14th Corps, Thomas

18th Indiana Battery

Text on the back side of the monument:

Indiana's Tribute
To Her
Eighteenth Battery.
Captain Eli Lilly, Commanding.
First Brigade (Wilder).
Fourth Division (Reynolds).
Fourteenth Corps (Thomas).

On September 18th, 1863, this battery was engaged with Wilder's Brigade in preventing the advance of the enemy at Alexander's Bridge. Night of September 18th, east of Viniard Field engaged with the brigade in the night fight and in holding the enemy in check.
September 19th, was hotly engaged during the afternoon where this monument stands and in this vicinity, doing great damage to the enemy.
Sunday, September 20th, two guns engaged at Widow Glenn's house about 12 M. Retired about 1 p.m. from the field.
 
Erected 1897 by the State of Indiana. (Marker Number MT-752.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas
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War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1863.
 
Location. 34° 54.296′ N, 85° 15.845′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Glenn-Viniard Road west of Lafayette Road, on the right when traveling west. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, in the open field just west of the site of the Viniard House. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, “Monument located within the Chickamauga Battlefield in West Viniard Field, map site #242.". 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. A different marker also named 18th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 18th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 92nd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 98th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Indiana Mounted Infantry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hans C. Heg Memorial Shell Monument (about 700 feet away); 123rd Illinois Infantry (about 700 feet away); 2nd Georgia Infantry (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
18th Indiana Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2018
2. 18th Indiana Battery Marker
Close-up view of the text on the front side of the monument.
sectionhead>More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “8' x 5' x 10', monument has rock-faced base, pedestal with unit name & shaft with bas relief of a battery surrounded by trees. Flanking shaft are pilasters with elaborate cornices and scrolls forms. Pyramidal top with battlements."

The National Park Service also identifies Sidney Speed as being the designer 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 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).”
 
18th Indiana Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2018
3. 18th Indiana Battery Marker
View of the back side of the monument.
18th Indiana Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2018
4. 18th Indiana Battery Marker
Close-up view of the text on the back side of the monument.
18th Indiana Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2018
5. 18th Indiana Battery Marker
View, looking south, of the featured monument being seen as part of a line of Union monuments, markers, and tablets, in the West Viniard Field.
18th Indiana Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2018
6. 18th Indiana Battery Marker
View, looking north, of the featured marker being seen as part of a line of Union monuments, markers, and tablets, in the West Viniard Field.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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