Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
37th Ohio Infantry
— Morgan L. Smith's Division —
Lieutenant Colonel Louis Von Blessingh
November 25, 1863
Killed 5 ............ Wounded 33
Erected 1908 by State of Ohio. (Marker Number MT-282.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Sherman Reservation, and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park: November 25, 1863 series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is November 25, 1863.
Location. 35° 4.232′ N, 85° 14.335′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on North Crest Road near Lightfoot Mill Road, on the right when traveling north. This historic marker is located in the Sherman Reservation, up on the hill called the "Sherman Heights" According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, “Sherman Reservation/1934 Map 52-26". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker30th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Lightburn's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 103rd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 54th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Ewing's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 47th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Corse's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Iowa State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
More about this marker. Because of its location in the Sherman Reservation it cannot be reached by car and can only be reached by foot. I would suggest parking your car in the provided parking area on Lightfoot Mill Road and then walking north on North Crest Road. You will reach a spot on this road where there is a locked gate barring further vehicle traffic on the road, but not foot traffic. Continue to walk all the way to the end of North Crest Road. Once there you will see a pathway that goes from the end of the road to the center of the gorge that separates "Tunnel Hill" to your south and "Sherman Heights" to your north. This historic marker is to the north on the "Sherman Heights."
This particular marker is difficult to locate because it is not in the clearing that makes up the center of the Sherman Reservation, but rather, it is deep in the woods, but on a primary trail, directly east of the Iowa Monument. It is to the east of the Lightburn Brigade tablet, deeper into the woods, but situated along the main trail.
According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the marker is a, “Bronze inscription tablet with decorative border mounted on low marble pedestal. Describes the unit's activities on November 25, 1863.”
Also according to the National Park Service, this, "Bronze tablet stolen in 1994." However, it has recently been restored.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 16, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.