Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
121st Ohio Infantry
— Steedman's Division —
121st Ohio Infantry
Mitchell's Brigade, Steedman's Division
Text Inscribed on Monument Plaque:
Sept. 19th, 1863, early in the morning near Reed's Bridge. Moved thence under orders of Division Commander, to Red House Bridge.
Sept. 20th, at 11:30 A.M. moved from McAfee's Church to Thomas' support. 2:00 P.M. charged and drove the enemy from this position and held it until near sundown. Repulsed three persistent assaults of the enemy, driving him to the foot of the hill and capturing the colors of the 22nd Alabama. Near sundown retired to the first hill in the rear and about 6:30 P.M. withdrew with the Army to Rossville. The Regiment was on the right of the Army during the afternoon.
Number Engaged 235: Killed, Wounded and Missing 99.
Organized at Deleware, Ohio, Sept. 11th, 1862, for three years.
Erected 1894 by the State of Ohio. (Marker Number MT-1033A.)
Topics. This memorial is listed in this War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
Location. 34° 55.608′ N, 85° 16.494′ 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 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, near where two park trails intersect. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service the, “Monument is located on Horseshoe Ridge on the Chickamauga Battlefield, map site #153”. 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. 39th North Carolina Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Battery M, 1st Illinois Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 78th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance 23rd Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th 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); 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, “10' x 4' x 9', the monument consists of rock-faced base and side-by-side shaft, with two portions at an oblique angle. Each side has bronze plaque and peaked, rock-faced top. Left side has acorn in relief; state seal missing from right.”
The National Park Service also identifies C. H. Niehaus and H. W. Beattie, as being the sculptors of this monument and the Vermont Granite Company of Barre, Vermont as being the Architect.
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).”
Regarding 121st Ohio Infantry. It should be noted that this monument displays a bronze bas-relief artwork, that depicts the combat action that this regiment saw from this position.
When discussing Battlefield Monuments, the National Park Service offers this special insight: "Of special interest are bronze bas-relief plaques attached to many monuments. These depict battle scenes based on veterans' eyewitness accounts. Because there are no photographs of the fighting, these plaques are among the best visual records of the battles."
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on August 7, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.