Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
On the second day of the battle, Armstrong's Division of Forrest's Cavalry Corps operated on the right of Breckinridge's Division. Around 11:00 A.M. they captured the Federal hospitals at the Cloud farm. At this time, the Federal reserve corps, under General Gordon Granger, was located to the northeast around McAfee's Church. During the afternoon they were ordered to the support of General Thomas, who was being hard pressed at Snodgrass Hill. This movement caused the Confederate cavalry to pull back to the east. After the passage of these troops, however, the
Forrest's cavalry held this position during the afternoon, being occasionally engaged with the batteries of Dan McCook's artillery of General J.D. Morgan's Division that General Brannan had left on the high ground to the northwest of the McDonald house to attempt the protection of the Federal left. Near the end of the battle there was some skirmishing with Turchin's Brigade of Reynolds Division from the Federal 14th Army Corps.
Immediately after the battle, General Forrest pursued the retreating Federal Army as far as Rossville Gap. There he climbed a high tree and used a telescope to observe the situation at Chattanooga. He reported that the Federals were in somewhat of a disarray and in full retreat to Chattanooga. He strongly recommended that the Army of Tennessee should attack and complete the destruction of the Federal Army. This was sound advice that was completely ignored by General Braxton Bragg. This widened a rift between Forrest and his commander. Bragg, who was having problems with most of his subordinates after Chickamauga ordered Forrest to "turn his troops over" and report to Gen. Joseph Wheeler. This was in spite of the fact that Bragg was fully aware that Forrest had vowed never to fight with Wheeler again. An angry Forrest confronted Bragg over the orders, threatening the Commander of the Army
Forrest immediately wired his superiors in Richmond informing then he would not follow another order issued by Bragg and resigned his commission in protest of Bragg's actions at Chickamauga. President Jefferson Davis, however, refused to accept Forrest's resignation and, instead, promoted him to major general and handed him command of all cavalry in west Tennessee and north Mississippi.
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 22.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 34° 57.167′ N, 85° 15.604′ W. Marker is in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Old Lafayette Road north of Gilbert Drive, on the right when traveling south. This historic marker is located where the Old Lafayette Road crosses a creek, and where this road runs just west and parallel to the new Lafayette Road for two blocks, and just south of Battlefield Parkway (State Route 2). 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 Forrest's (Cavalry) Corps. (here, next to this marker); Reserve Corps (a few steps from this marker); First Firing on Chickamauga Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); 1st Georgia Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); 6th Georgia Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Armstrong's Brigade. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hospitals, Left Wing, Union Army. (about 300 feet away); 10th Confederate Georgia Cavalry (about 300 feet away). 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 November 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 649 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.