Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
2nd Minnesota Infantry
— Brannan’s Division —
Occupied this position Sunday September 20th, 1863, from 2:30 P.M., to 7:30 P.M., successfully maintaining it against repeated assaults by the enemy, and withdrawing only after the attempt to take it had been abandoned.
This Regiment was engaged September 19th, on the Reed's Bridge, Road, and in the forenoon of September 20th, at Kelly's Field, in every contest, repulsing the enemy opposing it. Having 384 men engaged, its loss was 34 killed, 114 wounded, and 14 men (detailed for care of wounded) were captured; total loss 42 per cent.
"It is a notable fact that the 2nd. Minnesota had not a single man among the 'missing' or a straggler during the two days engagement."
Official report of Col. Ferd'd Van Derveer, Commanding Brigade.
[Right Side of Monument]:
erected by the State of Minnesota in commemoration of the gallant and patriotic services of
"The Union: It must and shall be preserved."
[Back Side of Monument]:
Killed and Mortally Wounded in Battle of Chickamauga,
Sept. 19th, & 20th, 1863.
Charles Fewster, 1st Serg't. Co. A
Geo. H. Fry, 1st Serg't. Co. F
Morman E. Case, Corporal, Co. A
C. S. Cutting, Corporal, Co. B
S. D. Calvert, Private, Co. B
A. H. Palmer, Private, Co. B
S. Taylor, Private, Co. B
F. J. Crabb, Private, Co. B
Cornelius Holland, Private, Co. F
Herman Raduentz, Private, Co. G
Charles Schuele, Private, Co. G
Jacob Seibert, Private, Co. G
O. M. Work, Private, Co. A
J. L. Kenny, Private, Co. B
J. B. Gere, Private, Co. C
J. McAuliff, Serg't. Co. C
Wm. Dudley, Serg't. Co. D
John Sherburne, Corporal, Co. D
Arnold Cochran, Corporal, Co. I
F. F. Sutorius, Private, Co. G
J. A. Cutting, Private, Co. K
J. A. Bigelow, Private, Co. K
Jacob Martig, Private, Co. C
C. Schilt, Private, Co. C
S. B. Neros, Private, Co. C
Alfonso Bogan, Private, Co. D
G. M. Gilchrist, Private,
P. Douthiel, Private, Co. G
P. Freyman, Private, Co. G
A. B. Rose, Private, Co. H
J. M. Foster, Serg't. Co. H
I. B. Pomeroy, Serg't. Co. K
D. B. Griffin, Corporal, Co. F
Alex Metzger, Corporal, Co. K
J.B. Hopewell, Private, Co. H
A. W. Bigelow, Private, Co. H
W. H. Weagunt, Private, Co. H
Wardwell Mathers, Private, Co. I
W. McCurdy, Private, Co. I
J. Schonmaker, Private, Co. I
F. Schneider, Private, Co. I
S. A. Mitchell, Private, Co. H
V. R. Barton, Private, Co. K
John Shouts, Private, Co. K
J. C. Smith, Private, Co. K
[Left Side of Monument]:
Colonel James George,
Lieut. Col. J. W. Bishop,
Major John B. Davis.
Col. Ferd'd. VanDerveer, Commanding,
2nd Minnesota, Col. James George.
9th Ohio, Col. G. Kammerling.
35th Ohio, Lt. Col. H. V. Boynton.
87th Indiana, Col. N. Gleason.
Battery I, 4th U. S. Art. Lt. F. G. Smith.
Brig. General J. M. Brannan, Com'd'g.
14th Army Corps-
Maj. General Geo. H. Thomas, Com'd'g.
Army of the Cumberland,
Maj. General W. S. Rosecrans, Com'd'g.
Erected 1893 by the State of Minnesota. (Marker Number MT-901.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 34° 55.66′ N, 85° 16.161′ 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 west of the parking lot. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service the, “Monument located within the Chickamauga Battlefield on Snodgrass Hill, map site #149”. 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. 74th Indiana Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 87th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Brannan's Division (within shouting distance of this VanDerveer’s Brigade. (within shouting distance of this marker); Sirwell's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 9th Ohio Infantry. (within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (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 19' high & 11' x 7'4" at its base. On a three-step base is a rectangular pedestal carrying a bronze plaque on its front. Pedestal supports bronze sculptural group consisting of a color-bearer and two infantrymen, one of whom is wounded....There are some bronze accoutrements missing from the sculpture.”
The National Park Service also identifies Lorado Taft as being the sculptor of this monument.
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).”
Also see . . . National Park Service List of Classified Structures. This is a link to information provided by the National Park Service regarding this particular monument. (Submitted on April 6, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,078 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 28, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 8. submitted on December 31, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 9, 10. submitted on December 28, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.