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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

55th Illinois Infantry

1st Brigade - 2nd Division

 

— 15th Corps —

 
55th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. 55th Illinois Marker
View of the front side of the historic marker.
Inscription.  
[Front Side]:

Illinois
55th Infantry,
1st Brigade - Giles A. Smith,
2nd Division - Morgan L. Smith,
15th Army Corps - Blair.

[Back Side]:

The metal plaque is missing

 
Erected 1899 by the State of Illinois. (Marker Number MT-164.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Sherman Reservation, and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park: November 25, 1863 series lists.
 
Location. 35° 4.285′ N, 85° 14.359′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from North Crest Road north of Lightfoot Mill Road. This historic marker is located in the Sherman Reservation, up on the hill called the "Sherman Heights," and is situated northwest of the Iowa monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
55th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. 55th Illinois Marker
View of the back side of the historic marker, showing the location of the missing metal plaque in the middle of the marker.
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walking distance of this marker. Army of the Tennessee (here, next to this marker); 6th U.S. Missouri Infantry (here, next to this marker); 8th U.S. Missouri Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 70th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 53rd Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Cockerill's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Ewing's Division (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. Because of its location in the Sherman Reservation it cannot be reached by car and can only be reached by foot. I would suggest parking your car in the provided parking area on Lightfoot Mill Road and then walking north on North Crest Road. You will reach a spot on this road where there is a locked gate barring further vehicle traffic on the road, but not foot traffic. Continue to walk all the way to the end of North Crest Road. Once there you will see a pathway that goes from the end of the road to the center of the gorge that separates "Tunnel Hill" to your south and "Sherman Heights" to your north. This historic marker is to the north on the "Sherman Heights."
 
Also see . . .
1. 55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on July 26, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Illinois in the Civil War. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on April 22, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
55th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
3. 55th Illinois Marker
View of the historic marker, with other union markers, on the western crest of the "Sherman Heights."
55th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
4. 55th Illinois Marker
View of the featured historic marker next to the "Army of the Tennessee, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman" markers.
55th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
5. 55th Illinois Marker
View of the historic marker, situated on the western crest of the Sherman Heights, between two Missouri markers to the south and the "Army of the Tennessee" markers to the north.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 435 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 26, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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May. 22, 2022