Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Defense of Snodgrass Hill
Thomas' stand here saved the Union army from destruction
Confederate attacks began here on Snodgrass Hill and the adjacent ridge about 1:00 p.m. Time after time they threw themselves against the Union line, only to be driven back with heavy losses. About 3:00 p.m., the Confederates captured a section of the ridge about 200 yards in front of you. However, the timely arrival of Steedman's Division on Horseshoe Ridge drove the Confederates back.
That evening Thomas safely withdrew his men. The field of battle belonged to the victorious Confederates, but they failed to pursue the Federals. Thomas' successful defense here had protected the retreating Union army from annihilation, and prevented the Confederates from taking Chattanooga.
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga Battlefield Board.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1861.
Location. 34° 55.675′ N, 85° 16.128′ 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, along a ridge called Snodgrass Hill. To view this historical marker drive to the parking area on Snodgrass Hill and the marker can be seen situated just east of the parking lot. 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. 10th Indiana Infantry (here, next to this marker); Croxton's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 9th Ohio Infantry. (a few steps from this marker); 4th Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (within shouting distance of this marker); Brannan's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 87th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (within shouting distance of this marker); 31st Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,278 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 28, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.