Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
31st Indiana Infantry
Text on the Front Side of the monument:
1st Brigade - Cruft.
2nd Division - Palmer.
21st Corps -Crittenden.
Text on the Back Side of the monument:
Thirty-First Regiment Infantry.
Colonel John T. Smith, Commanding.
First Brigade (Cruft).
Second Division (Palmer).
Twenty-First Corps (Crittenden).
This regiment became engaged in the Battle of Chickamauga, Saturday, September 19th, 1863, about 12 M. on the enemy's line at a point about three quarters of a mile east of the LaFayette Road near the Brock Field. For two hours the battle raged with great fury, resulting in the enemy being driven from his position. In the engagement the Regiment expended an average of fifty rounds of ammunition per man. Later in the afternoon the Regiment joined in a charge against the advancing enemy and repulsed him. The Regiment bivouacked near the Kelly Field.
Early Sunday morning, September 20th, this Regiment took position on the line where this monument stands;
Casualties: killed, 1 officer, 4 men; wounded 2 officers, 59 men; missing 17 men. Total 83.
Erected 1897 by State of Indiana. (Marker Number MT-791.)
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° 55.667′ N, 85° 15.36′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Memorial is on Battleline Road south of Alexanders Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The tablet is located just beyond the middle of the long line of mostly Union monuments, markers, and tablets that are situated along the length of 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 #122”. 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. Cruft's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 124th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery B, 1st Ohio Light Artillery Battery B, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Palmer's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Grose's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 24th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (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" square at base & 13' high, the rock-faced monument consists of a series of tapering coursed slabs. Shaft has inset, inscribed smooth-faced panel with state seal surmounted by carved eagle. Cap is pyramidal.”
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).”
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on September 3, 2016, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 13, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7. submitted on May 23, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.