Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
2nd, 4th, 5th, & 6th Kentucky Cavalry (USA)
Cavalry, U.S. Volunteers
Erected 1899 by State of Kentucky. (Marker Number MT-861.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1863.
Location. 34° 54.397′ N, 85° 16.379′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Glenn-Viniard Road north of Wilder Road, on the left when traveling north. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along a park roadway (Google maps show road as Vittitoe-Chickamauga Road, NPS map show road as Glenn-Viniard Road), very near the Wilder Tower. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, “Monument located within the Chickamauga Battlefield near the Wilder Brigade Monument, map site #236". 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. 17th Indiana Mounted Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Chicago Board of Trade Battery (a few steps from this 2nd & 3rd Kentucky Cavalry (C.S.A.) (a few steps from this marker); 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd Michigan Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); 123rd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Indiana Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilder´s Defense (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 marker is, “3' x 1'6" x 3'2" high, marker is a single block of granite, rock-faced at bottom and finished above, with a slanting top inscribed with "Kentucky" within a scroll and the unit's name."
In addition, the National Park Service reports that, "This marker has been moved twice. First in 1966, in advance of a highway project that never happened, the monument was moved 260 feet. Then in 2002, the monument was returned to its original location."
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 tablet and the tablet'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 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.