Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
115th Illinois Infantry
1st Brigade-Whitaker — 1st Division-Steedman
— Reserve Corps - Granger —
1st Brigade - Whitaker.
1st Division - Steedman.
Reserve Corps - Granger
[Reverse Side of Marker]
Col - Jesse H. Moore.
Sept. 20 - 1863.
2 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Erected 1899 by State of Illinois. (Marker Number MT-723.)
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° 55.624′ N, 85° 16.321′ 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 located in the northwest section of the Chickamauga National Military Park, near the Snodgrass Hill area of the driving tour, along the part of the battlefield known as Horseshoe Ridge, more specially on Hill #3 of Horseshoe Ridge. To view this historical marker drive to the parking area for Horseshoe Ridge (just beyond the 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. Whitaker’s Brigade. (a few steps from this marker); 22nd Michigan Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); 84th Indiana Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); Granger's Headquarters Shell Monument (a few steps from this marker); 40th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 89th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from 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. When revisiting the site of this historical marker on August 1, 2012, I noticed that the metal plaque on the reverse side of this monument is now missing. I would guess that it was stolen by scrappers, seeking valuable metals to sell at the local scrap metal dealers in order to obtain cash.
According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “7'6" x 4'4" x 4'6" high rock-faced monument consisting of rectangular granite block with an inscribed polished front on granite base. The tops of both pieces are beveled. Marks unit's position on Sept. 20, 1863, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.”
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 115th Illinois Infantry. The 115th Illinois 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 22, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 22, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6. submitted on August 7, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.