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Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bridges’ Illinois Battery, Light Artillery

Beatty's Brigade

 

—Negley's Division —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
1. Bridges' Illinois Battery, Light Artillery Marker
Inscription.
Bridges' Battery, Illinois Light Artillery.
2 Napoleons, 4 3" Rifles.
Beatty's Brigade, Negley's Division, Thomas' Corps.

September 20, 1863.
Captain Lyman Bridges, Commanding.
1st Lieutenant William Bishop (killed).
1st Lieutenant Morris D. Temple.
2d Lieutenant Lyman A. White.
2d Lieutenant Franklin Seborn.

On September 19th this battery was engaged for several hours with the enemy's artillery at Glass' Mill. Later moved with the Brigade via Crawfish Spring to the Dyer field and bivouacked. On the 20th at 8 a.m. reached this position from which about 9:30 a.m. it opened fire upon the enemy then appearing in the woods and open field some 400 yards to the northeast.

After a fight, brief but desperate, the battery being attacked in front and flank, it was obliged to retire with the loss of two guns, one caisson, three limbers and 22 horses disabled. Lieutenants Temple and Seborn, with four guns, then reported to General Negley on Snodgrass Hill where they were soon afterwards joined by the Captain, who with the help of an infantry detachment, had hauled off four guns, abandoned by other batteries. The Battery retired soon after noon under General Negley's orders to Rossville, where it bivouacked. Total casualties: killed;
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By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
2. Bridges' Illinois Battery, Light Artillery Marker
View of the marker situated between several field pieces, with the intersection of Lafayette and Alexander Bridge Roads in the background.
1 officer, 5 enlisted men; wounded, 16 enlisted men; missing, 4 enlisted men. Lost: 2 guns, 1 caisson, 3 limbers. Horses killed 46.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-656.)
 
Location. 34° 56.179′ N, 85° 15.588′ W. Marker is in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Road and Glenn-Kelly Road, on the right when traveling south on Lafayette Road. Touch for map. This maker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The marker is located along the main road that runs north to south through the national park, a short distance south of the national park's visitor's center. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bridge's Illinois Battery-Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Helm's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Kentucky State Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); To The Left of the Union Line (within shouting distance of this marker); 88th Indiana Infantry
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By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
3. Bridges' Illinois Battery, Light Artillery Marker
View of the marker where the battery was located on September 20, 1863.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Negley's Division (about 500 feet away); J. Beatty's Brigade (about 500 feet away); 42nd Indiana Infantry (about 500 feet away). 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 monument number for this marker and the marker'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)."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Bridges' Illinois Battery, Light Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
4. Bridges' Illinois Battery, Light Artillery Marker
View looking north of the marker and the battery. A portion of the park's Visitors' Center is seen in the background, through the trees.
Bridges' Illinois Battery, Light Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
5. Bridges' Illinois Battery, Light Artillery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 80 times this year. Last updated on January 26, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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