Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
18th United States Infantry
— 1st Division —
3rd Brigade, 1st Division
September 19-20, 1863
Statement of Casualties
Engaged - 587
Killed - 45
Wounded - 159
Missing - 91
Total Loss - 295
Text on Left Side of Monument:
On the evening of September 18th, two battalions of the regiment, eight companies each, marched with the regular brigade from Cave Springs, via Crawfish Springs, and formed line of battle on the left of the division about daylight on the 19th. At 9 a.m. advanced, engaging the enemy east of the Lafayette Road, in the direction of Reed's Bridge and Jay's Mill.
Text on Right Side of Monument:
On the morning of the 20th, at daylight, the regiment occupied this position on the right of the brigade. Which then formed the extreme left of the division, and, by desperate fighting, held its ground until after 5 p.m. when ordered to fall back to the Rossville Road.
This monument marks the position of the left flank of the regiment.
Erected 1890 by the United States government. (Marker Number MT-1065.)
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1863.
Location. 34° 55.995′ N, 85° 15.325′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Memorial is at the intersection of Battleline Road and Alexander Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south on Battleline Road. This monument is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The monument is located at the extreme northern end of the line of mostly Union monuments, markers, and tablets that are situated along the park's Battleline Road. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service the, “Monument located within the Chickamauga Battlefield along Battleline Road, map site #55”. 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. 2nd Tennessee Infantry (here, next to this marker); 10th Wisconsin Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 15th United States Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Hardship on the Union Line (a few steps from this marker); 16th United States Infantry (a few steps from this marker); J. King's BrigadeThe Second Day Begins (within shouting distance of this marker); 48th Tennessee Infantry (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, “9' x 6' x 10', the Vermont crystal granite monument has alternating rock-faced and smooth-faced portions. Shaft contains raised-letter panels and bas-relief coat of arms. Top is machicolated and features acorn in relief.”
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).”
Credits. This page was last revised on April 7, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 19, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.