Medal of Honor Heritage Trail
Chickamauga - September - 1863
When the park was established, Carson returned, playing his bugle as the monuments were dedicated.
Sergeant Alexander H. Reed (2) was with the 2nd Minnesota Infantry. As the battle started, Sergeant Axel Reed was in the rear, under arrest for some infraction of duty. At the sound of battle he escaped confinement, armed himself, and joined his command. It took
Although a native of New Hampshire, Captain Clinton A. Cilley (3) also served with the 2nd Minnesota. At Chickamauga his primary duty was that of a Brigade staff officer on the staff of Colonel Van Derveer. As a part of Thomas' corps this unit was still an effective force at the end of the second day of fighting. Captain Cilley handled the orderly withdrawal at the end of the action. “At 7 p.m.," Colonel Van Derveer wrote, "an order came from Major-General Thomas that the forces under General Brannan should move quietly to Rossville. This was carried into execution under the direction of Captain Cilley, of my staff, in excellent order ... I cannot speak too highly of the conduct of my officers and men. Without exception they performedall that was required, much more than should have been expected. Where all did so well it seems almost unjust to make distinctions. More gallantry and indomitable courage was never displayed... Captains Beatty and Cilley had each two horses shot under them. There are many names particularly commended for courage and good behavior.”
Each of these three deserving and
courageous men were awarded the
Medal of Honor.
Erected by the Benwood Foundation, the National Medal of Honor Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 34° 53.006′ N, 85° 16.032′ W. Marker is in Chickamauga, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Lee Gordan Mill Terrace east of Red Belt Road, on the left when traveling east. Located at Lee & Gordon's Mills. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 71 Red Belt Road, Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Medal of Honor Heritage Trail (here, next to this marker); Start of the Atlanta Campaign (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Medal of Honor Heritage Trail (here, next to this marker);
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on William J. Carson. (Submitted on November 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. National Medal of Honor Museum on Alexander H. Reed. (Submitted on November 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Wikipedia article on Clinton A. Cilley. (Submitted on November 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.