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Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sirwell's Brigade

Negley's Division

— Thomas' Corps —

 
 
Sirwell's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. Sirwell's Brigade Marker
Inscription.  
Sirwell's Brigade.
Negley's Division - Thomas Corps.
Col. William Sirwell.

Sept. 20, 1863. noon.
37th Indiana - Lieut. Col. William D. Ward.
21st Ohio - Lieut. Col. D.M. Stoughton.
21st Ohio - Maj. Arnold McMahan.
21st Ohio - Capt. Charles H. VanTine.
74th Ohio - Capt. Joseph Fisher.
78th Pennsylvania - Lieut. Col. Archibald Blakeley.
Battery G, 1st Ohio - Capt. Alexander Marshall.

Troops from this Brigade were the first infantry to occupy Snodgrass Hill. The command was sent about 10 o'clock from its position in front of the TanYard to re-enforce John Beatty's Brigade then engaged north of the Kelly field. On the way it was turned toward Snodgrass Hill, reaching it about the time of the break in the Union line near Brotherton's. The 78th Pennsylvania took position on the slope in front of the Snodgrass house. At the request of General Brannan the 21st Ohio was sent to his assistance, and held the right of his line on the hill until about 3 P.M., when it was relieved by the 35th Ohio and 2d Minnesota of VanDerveer's Brigade.
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It subsequently fought on the left of Whitaker's Brigade until dusk. Soon after noon the rest of the Brigade, acting under orders from Gen. Negley, retired towards McFarlands Gap.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-629.)
 
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° 55.768′ N, 85° 16.057′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Vittetoe Road west of Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road, on the right 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 in front of the Snodgrass House and the marker can be seen situated in the field just to the northeast of the Snodgrass House. 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. 3rd Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (here, next to this marker); Wood's Division (a few steps from this marker); 37th Indiana Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Harker's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 64th Ohio Infantry
Sirwell's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. Sirwell's Brigade Marker
View of the historical marker, looking east, across the Snodgrass field.
(a few steps from this marker); 65th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 41st Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Hazen's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the monument number for this marker and the marker'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).”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Use this link to see the Regiment markers, tablets, and/or monuments for this Brigade.
 
Sirwell's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
3. Sirwell's Brigade Marker
View of the historical marker looking northeast along a long line of Union monuments and tablets that are situated along the high ground of Snodgrass Hill.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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