Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
78th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment
— Negley’s Division —
Text on the front of the monument
her 78th Infantry Regiment
Lieut. Col. Archibald Kelly, Commanding.
Chickamauga -- Chattanooga
Sept. 18th 19th and 20th, 1863 – Nov. 23rd 24th and 25th, 1863
Sirwells Brigade -- Starkweathers Brigade
Negley’s Division -- Johnson’s Division
Thomas’s Corps -- Palmer’s Corps
Army of the Cumberland
Text on the back of the monument.
Night of the 18th and Forenoon of the 19th Sept., 1863, held fords of the Chickamauga protecting McCook’s Corps. Marched from McLemores Cove to the battle field.
Afternoon of the 19th followed McCook passing him in action south of Widow Glenn’s house.
Formed on the crest of the hill north of Widow Glenn house. Charged on echelon across Dyer field against the enemy, then holding these (Brothernton) woods. Drove him beyond this position, and held it under fire until 9:30 A.M. of 20th. Then ordered to Snodgrass Hills
Then by orders from Brigade and Division commanders marched over hills to McFarland gap and formed across Dry Valley road halted and reformed disorganized troops retreating from the broken right wing until after dark.
Was in the movements of 21st on Missionary Ridge and at night fell back with the Army to the new lines for the defense of Chattanooga.
With the Army of the Cumberland and in the subsequent engagement about Chattanooga.
Erected 1894 by State of Pennsylvania. (Marker Number MT-1048.)
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1863.
Location. 34° 54.678′ N, 85° 15.829′ W. Marker is in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Memorial can be reached from LaFayette Road, one mile south of Viniard Road, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield. Marker can be reached from LaFayette Road one mile south of Brotherton Road, on the right when traveling south. This marker is on the west side of LaFayette Road along a hiking path
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)”. 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. 21st Illinois Infantry (here, next to this marker); Col. Daniel H. Gilmer (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 38th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away); 65th Ohio Infantry Regiment (about 500 feet away); Johnson's Brigade (about 700 feet away); Davis' Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Davis' Division, McCook's Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); 35th Illinois Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. This monument was built, in 1894, of Granite and stands on a limestone base. According to the National Park Service, the marker is “7'4" x 5'6" x 12' high, monument has 2-step rock-faced base and simple slab-like shaft which is polished on its front and carries an inscription. Acorn is carved into upper step of base. Top is peaked.”
Also see . . .
1. Death Knell of the Confederacy. Link to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park web page. (Submitted on September 12, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. Battle of Chickamauga. Overview of the battle provided by the American Battlefield Trust. (Submitted on September 12, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 12, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.