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

124th Ohio Infantry

Hazen's Brigade

— Palmer's Division —

 
 
124th Ohio Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2018
1. 124th Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the front side of the monument (with the camera facing a setting sun).
Inscription.  

Text from the Front Side of the Monument:

124th Ohio Infantry
Hazen's Brigade
Palmer's Division
21st Army Corps

Text from the Back Side of the Monument:

September 19th, 1863, this Regiment, Colonel Oliver H. Payne Commanding, supported the 9th Indiana, then occupying this position, from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. It then relieved the 9th Indiana, and held this position till about 3:00 P.M., when it was itself relieved to replenish ammunition on the Rossville Road. During this time Colonel Payne was wounded, and the command devolved on Major Hampson.

Between 5:00 and 6:00 P.M. it was engaged North of Brotherton House.

September 20th, the Regiment was engaged in support of the 9th Indiana, then on the left of the monument of Battery F, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, East of Kelly Field. When the assault began it closed up to the line behind the barricades, firing simultaneously with the first line. At 2:00 P.M. ordered into position West of Kelly House. About 3:00 P.M. it was ordered to Snodgrass Hill, was there engaged: retired thence
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at 7:00 P.M. to Rossville.

Numbered engaged, Commissioned Officers 22; Enlisted Men 431; Total 453.

Loss, Killed 15; Wounded 92; Captured or Missing 34; Total 141.

 
Erected 1894 by the State of Ohio. (Marker Number MT-1034.)
 
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° 55.199′ N, 85° 14.893′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Brotherton Road east of LaFayette Road, on the right when traveling east. This monument is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along one of the park's secondary east to west roadways, in the Brock Field. 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. 9th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Hazen's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 13th & 154th Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery F, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battery F, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (about 300 feet
124th Ohio Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2018
2. 124th Ohio Infantry Marker
Close-up view of the text on the front side of the monument.
away); 19th Tennessee Infantry (about 300 feet away); 31st Tennessee Infantry (about 400 feet away); 41st Ohio Infantry (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 marker is, “On a tapering rock-faced base is a round-topped vertical slab, hammer-finished on face. Face has bas relief of a color bearer with sword in right hand. Unit designation in raised letters at upper left. Dimensions: 6' x 3' x 12' overall."

The National Park Service also identifies C. H. Niehaus as being the sculptor of this monument and the E. F. Carr Company of Quincy, Massachusetts as being the Architect.

In locating 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
124th Ohio Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2018
3. 124th Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the back side of the monument.
Battlefield (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
 
Additional commentary.
1. 124th OVI marker at Chickamauga Battlefield
My great-great-great grandfather Charles Gibbs was a member of 124th OVI, from Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He was wounded on Sept. 19, 1863, during the battle. It is likely he may have been wounded in Brock Field near where the marker stands. The soldier on the marker resembles what my grandfather may have looked like at age 22, as I have a photograph of him from the 1890s. (See Image No. 9 below for a comparison.)

I'm searching for photographs taken by Cleveland photographer Edgar Decker of new volunteers who were training at Camp Cleveland in 1862. I'm speculating that sculptor C. Niehaus used one of those Decker photographs as the model for the soldier on the monument.

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    — Submitted May 4, 2021, by Tom Fontana of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
 
124th Ohio Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2018
4. 124th Ohio Infantry Marker
Close-up view of the text on the back side of the monument.
Light-Adjusted Close Up of Intaglio Relief Sculpture image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2018
5. Light-Adjusted Close Up of Intaglio Relief Sculpture
124th Ohio Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2018
6. 124th Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the 124th monument, looking north across the Brock Field, towards the 9th Indiana marker.
124th Ohio Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2018
7. 124th Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the 124th monument, looking south across the Brock Field, towards the 41st Ohio monument.
124th Ohio Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2018
8. 124th Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the monument looking south along the Union line in the Brock Field, situated between the 9th Indiana marker and the 41st Ohio monument.
Sculpture Compared to Charles Gibbs, 124th OVI image. Click for full size.
Tom Fontana Photo Collection
9. Sculpture Compared to Charles Gibbs, 124th OVI
See commentary No. 1 for an explanation of the comparison.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   9. submitted on May 11, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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