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

Baird's Division

Thomas' Corps

— Brigadier General Absalom Baird —

 
 
Baird's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2018
1. Baird's Division Marker
Inscription.  Text on the first tablet

Baird's Division - Thomas' Corps.
Brigadier General Absalom Baird.
September 19, 1863.

1st Brigade - Colonel Benjamin F. Scribner.
2nd Brigade - Brigadier General John C. Starkweather.
3rd Brigade - Brigadier General John H. King.

This division, following Negley's and followed by Brannan's and Reynolds' Division, left the vicinity of Bird's Mill in the afternoon of September 18th and reached Crawfish Springs at midnight. Here it passed Negley's Division which was turned to the right at that point toward Glass' Mill, and marching throughout the night via Widow Glenn's, reached the LaFayette road at this point at daylight of September 19th.

Text on the second tablet

The Division first went into position facing south, Starkweather's Brigade being west of the LaFayette Road, Scribner's next east of it, and King's on the left of Scribner's. Soon after daylight, Brannan's Division arrived in the vicinity of Kelly's House and two brigades soon after sunrise advance on the farm road from McDonald's House to Reed's
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Bridge, the remaining brigade having moved directly on Jay's Mill. Baird's line, east of the LaFayette Road, then changed front and formed parallel to this road, fronting eastward. Soon after 8 o'clock, Brannan's troops having become engaged in the direction of Jay's Mill and Reed's Bridge, Baird's line with Starkweather following in column, moved rapidly to Brannan's support, and became engaged on his right, then in the vicinity of Jay's Mill, about 9 o'clock, Starkweather's Brigade relieving Croxton's of Brannan's Division.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-488-88A.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1863.
 
Location. 34° 55.545′ N, 85° 15.595′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on LaFayette Road south of Alexander Bridge Road, on the left when traveling south. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along the park's main north to south roadway, in the wooded area between the Kelly Field and the Poe Field, near the eastern side of the Lafayette Road. 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
Baird's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2018
2. Baird's Division Marker
View of the text on the first tablet.
are within walking distance of this marker. To the Opening of the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Route of Baird's and Johnson's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 14th Corps Headquarter’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 68th Indiana Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); E. King's Brigade (about 300 feet away); 101st Indiana Infantry (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named 68th Indiana Infantry (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. In locating this tablet 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 tablet and the tablet'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).”
 
Baird's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2018
3. Baird's Division Marker
View of the text on the second tablet.
Baird's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2018
4. Baird's Division Marker
View of the tablet looking south along the Lafayette Road.
Baird's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2018
5. Baird's Division Marker
View of the tablet looking north along the Lafayette Road,
Baird's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2018
6. Baird's Division Marker
Baird's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2018
7. Baird's Division Marker
View of the official park documentation for MT-488 (text on first tablet), taken from the National Park Service's "List of Classified Structures," kept on record in the offices at the National Military Park's Visitor Center.
Baird's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2018
8. Baird's Division Marker
View of the official park documentation for MT-488A (text on second tablet), taken from the National Park Service's "List of Classified Structures," kept on record in the offices at the National Military Park's Visitor Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 142 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 4, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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