Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
40th Ohio Infantry
Whitaker's Brigade - Steedman's Division
— Reserve Corps —
William Jones, Lt. Col. Commanding. Thomas Acton, Maj. John N. Beach, Surgeon. Harrison E. McClure, Lt. & Adgt. Salem T. Griswold, Chaplain. John F. Mahon, Lt. & R.Q.M.
Co. A. Capt. Benj. F. Snodgrass.
Co. B. Lt. Silas Hart.
Co. C. Capt. Delamarl. Deland.
Co. D. Capt. James Watson.
Co. E. Capt. James Allen.
Co. F. Capt. John L. Reeves.
Co. G. Capt. Chas. G. Matchett.
Co. H. Capt. John C. Meagher.
Co. I. Lt. John W. Smith
Co. K. Capt. Alex A. Knapp.
Erected 1894 by the State of Ohio. (Marker Number MT-997.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
Location. 34° 55.622′ N, 85° 16.334′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Vittetoe Road west of Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road when traveling west. This historical marker is 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. 84th Indiana Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); 115th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Whitaker’s Brigade. (a few steps from this marker); Granger's Headquarters Shell Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 22nd Michigan Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); 89th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 41st Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). 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 monument is, “On a rock-faced rectangular base is a smooth-faced central block with a bronze tablet
The National Park Service also identifies C. H. Niehaus as being the sculptor of this monument and the Smith Granite Company of Westerly, Rhode Island as being the Architect.
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).”
Regarding 40th Ohio Infantry. The 40th Ohio Infantry was part of the forward brigade (Whitaker's Brigade) of Steedman's Division which arrived at the Union position on Snodgrass Hill at the critical moment of the battle. When directed to provide support for the Union right flank, Steedman directed Whitaker's Brigade to rush up to crest of the ridge, arriving just in time to drive off the Confederate forces that were on the verge of flanking the beleaguered 21st OVI, situated on what had been the extreme right flank of the Union line of battle.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 966 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 20, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.