Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
18th Indiana Battery
— Reynolds' Division —
6 - 3" Rifles, 4 Mountain Howitzers.
Wilder's Brigade, Reynolds' Division, Thomas' Corps.
September 20, 1863.
Captain Eli Lilly, Commanding.
1st Lieutenant Joseph A. Scott.
2nd Lieutenant Moses M. Beck.
2nd Lieutenant William B. Rippetoe.
In the forenoon, the Battery took position on the ridge west of Crawfish Spring Road, southwest of this position. About 11:30 a.m., troops on the left were falting in front of the advancing enemy, and the Brigade went to their support, moving at the double-quick. The Battery moved a few hundred yards to the left of the former position and opened very rapidly, shelling a field, beyond a narrow strip of timber, through which the enemy was moving. The Brigade soon cleared the woods and one section was moved to this position and opened with canister on the retreating enemy till out of range. Soon after noon, the Battery moved to its former position and soon after to Chattanooga Valley, five miles from Chattanooga. Casualties of the battle: 2 men killed and 8 wounded; 6 horses killed, 1 wounded. Ammunition
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-751.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
Location. 34° 54.452′ N, 85° 16.35′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Glenn-Viniard Road north of Wilder Road, on the right when traveling north. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, a short distance off a park roadway (Google maps show road as Vittitoe-Chickamauga Road, NPS map show road as Glenn-Viniard Road), just north of the Wilder Tower and just south of the Widow Glenn house site. 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. A different marker also named 18th Indiana Battery (here, next to this marker); 98th Illinois Infantry (here, next to this marker); Wilder's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Wilder Brigade Monument (a few steps from this marker); Widow Glenn's House Site (a few steps from this marker); Field Headquarters Army of the Cumberland. (a few steps from this marker); 39th Indiana Mounted Infantry72nd Indiana Mounted Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. 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 July 3, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.