Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
96th Illinois Infantry (Two Companies)
Whitaker's Brigade - Steedman's Division
— Reserve Corps - Granger —
Two Companies 96th Infantry.
3 to 6 P.M. September 20, 1863.
Erected 1899 by the State of Illinois. (Marker Number MT-714.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
Location. 34° 55.673′ N, 85° 16.61′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Chickamauga-Vittatoe Road east of Lytle Road, on the left when traveling south. This marker is located in the National Military Park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along a walking path that heads off to the northwest from the western end of the cluster of monuments, markers, and tablets that are located in a clearing, at the western end of Snodgrass Hill. 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. Deas' Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 96th Illinois Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a Battery M, 1st Illinois Light Artillery (about 500 feet away); Manigault's Brigade (about 700 feet away); 121st Ohio Infantry (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Battery M, 1st Illinois Light Artillery (about 700 feet away); 17th Tennessee Infantry (about 700 feet away); 39th North Carolina Infantry (about 700 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 a, “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 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 20, 1863."
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 Battlefield (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.