Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
4th Michigan Cavalry
Fourth Regiment of Cavalry.
Colonel Robert H. G. Minty.
Major Horace Gray Commanding.
Minty's Brigade, Crook's Division, Cavalry Corps.
Text from the back side of the monument:
On the morning of Sept. 18th, 1863, this regiment with its brigade, met the advance of Bushrod Johnson's Column on the east slope of Pea Vine Ridge, successfully delaying for ten hours the crossing at Reed's Bridge of a largely superior force of the enemy's infantry and artillery: thus materially contributing toward the defeat of the Confederate design to crush the left wing of the Union Army. Sept. 19th guarded the movement of trains to Chattanooga. Sept. 20th successfully engaged the enemy at Red House Bridge on the Ringgold Road. On the 21st and 22nd assisted in covering the movement of the army to Chattanooga.
Erected 1895 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number MT-884.)
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 18, 1863.
Location. 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. Dibrell's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Johnson's Provisional Division (a few steps from this marker); 4th United States Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederates Cross the Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Minty's Cavalry Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Pegram's Division (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Huwald's Tennessee Battery (about 700 feet away). 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, “9' x 5' x 8', the rock-face monument of blue Westerly granite has a one-piece base and round-topped slab with a bronze base relief panel of soldiers at a bridge. Unit information is inscribed above the relief panel."
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).”
Regarding 4th Michigan Cavalry. It should be noted that this monument displays a bronze
When discussing Battlefield Monuments, the National Park Service offers this special insight: "Of special interest are bronze bas-relief plaques attached to many monuments. These depict battle scenes based on veterans' eyewitness accounts. Because there are no photographs of the fighting, these plaques are among the best visual records of the battles."
Also see . . . 4th Michigan Cavalry Regiment - Battle of Chickamauga. Civil War Battlefield Monuments entry (Submitted on October 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on November 3, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.