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

Polk's Brigade

Cleburne's Division

 

Hill's Corps

 
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2019
1. Polk's Brigade Marker
Inscription.  
No. 36-A. ....................................... C.
Polk's Brigade
Cleburne's Division - Hill's Corps
Brigadier General Lucius E. Polk
September 19, 1863, 6:30 P.M., 2d Position

1st Arkansas - Colonel John W. Colquitt.
3rd and 5th Confederate - Colonel J. A. Smith.
2nd Tennessee - Colonel William D. Robinson.
35th Tennessee - Colonel Benjamin J. Hill.
48th Tennessee - Colonel George H. Nixon.
Calvert's (Arkansas) Battery - Lieutenant Thomas J. Key.

The Brigade, advancing from Jay's Mill on the right of Cleburne's Division, and having passed Liddell's Division some 200 yards, the left of the Brigade encountered Baldwin's Brigade of Johnson's Division strongly posted on the side of a hill behind temporary breastworks. The right of the Brigade wheeled to the left, and struck the left flank and rear of Scribner's and Starkweather's Brigades of Baird's Division, then forming on the left and rear of Johnson's Division. A severe night fight in front of this position ensued. The engagement was attended by the confusion inseparable from a night attack.
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2019
2. Polk's Brigade Marker
Distant view of the marker (tablet), looking west, along the park hiking trail.
Each side directed its fire by the flashes from the rifles of the other. At the end of an hour's fighting the Union line withdrew to the vicinity of the Kelly field.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-1204A.)
 
Location. 34° 55.69′ N, 85° 14.411′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Brotherton Road east of Alexander Bridge Road, on the left when traveling east. This marker is located in the National Military Park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, and is situated along one of the park hiking trails just north of the Winfrey 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. 2nd Ohio Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 94th Ohio Infantry (about 300 feet away); Croxton's Brigade (about 500 feet away); 10th Indiana Infantry (about 500 feet away); Baird's Division (about 700 feet away); Starkweather's Brigade (about 700 feet away); 74th Indiana Infantry (about 700 feet away); 93rd Ohio Infantry (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. 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).”
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service List of Classified Structures
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2019
3. Polk's Brigade Marker
View of the marker (tablet), looking west beyond the marker (tablet), along the park hiking trail.
. This is a link to information provided by the National Park Service regarding this particular cast iron tablet. (Submitted on August 16, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil
 
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2019
4. Polk's Brigade Marker
Distant view of the backside of the marker (tablet), looking east, along the park hiking trail.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 89 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 16, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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