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

Battery M, 1st Illinois Light Artillery

1st Division - Steedman.

 

— Reserve Corps - Granger. —

 
Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
1. Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker
View of the text on the front side of the historical monument.
Inscription.  Text on Front Side of Monument:

Illinois
Battery M, 1st Light Artillery.
1st Division - Steedman.
Reserve Corps - Granger.

Text on Back Side of Monument:

(the metal plaque with the monument's text has been removed, probably stolen)

 
Erected 1899 by the State of Illinois. (Marker Number MT-665.)
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
 
Location. 34° 55.595′ N, 85° 16.496′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Memorial 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, near the Snodgrass Hill area of the driving tour, along the part of the battlefield known as Horseshoe Ridge. To view this historical marker drive to the parking area for Horseshoe Ridge (just beyond the Snodgrass House tour stop) and proceed
Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
2. Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker
View of the back side of the historical monument, along with a view of the location of the missing plaque from the backside of this monument.
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westward on foot, along the southern crest of the ridge for a little more than 0.4 of a mile, past Hill #2, past Hill #3, all the way to the far western end of the clearing on Hill #4, alongside the park trail. 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. 121st Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 39th North Carolina Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 78th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 23rd Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 25th Tennessee Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); 25th Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); York's Georgia Battery (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, “7'6" x 4'4" x 4'6" high rock-faced monument consisting of rectangular granite block with an inscribed polished front on granite base. The tops of both pieces are beveled. Marks unit's position on September 20, 1863, from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m.”

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).”
 
Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
3. Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker
View of the historical monument, situated at the western edge of the clearing, along side of the park trail.
Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
4. Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker
View, looking north, of the historical monument in the foreground and the 121st Ohio Monument in the background.
Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
5. Illinois Battery M, 1st Light Artillery Marker
View looking west, across the clearing on Horseshoe Ridge's Hill #4, towards the distant view of the historical monument at the far western edge of the clearing.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 14, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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