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Medal of Honor Heritage Trail

Missionary Ridge - November - 1863

 
 
Medal of Honor Heritage Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl
1. Medal of Honor Heritage Trail Marker
Inscription. Private Robert B. Brown was in the 15th Ohio Infantry Regiment. At Missionary Ridge his regiment was a part of General August Willich’s Brigade in General T. J. Wood’s Third Division. “At 9 a.m. on the 25th,” General Willich later wrote, “under orders, our pickets drove the enemy back to their rifle-pits at the foot of Missionary Ridge. At 11 a.m. I received an order to prepare for an advance, and to advance toward Missionary Ridge at the signal of six rapid cannon shots. In his capture of the Confederate flag, Private Robert B. Brown lived up to his commanders standards. When awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor his citation stated: “At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., 25 November 1863. Citation: Upon reaching the ridge through concentrated fire, he approached the color bearer of the 9th Mississippi Infantry, demanded his surrender with threatening gesture and took him prisoner with his regimental flag.”

Geroge L. Banks was Color-Sergeant in the Fifteenth Indiana Infantry, a part of General Philip Sheridan’s command. With his flag he led the attack on Missionary Ridge. In 1897, he received from Secretary of War R.A. Alger the Congressional Medal of Honor. An accompanying letter stated: “You are hereby notified that by direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved
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By Brandon Stahl
2. Medal of Honor Heritage Trail Marker
March 3, 1863, providing for the presentation of Medals of Honor to such officers, non-commissioned officers and privates as have most distinguished themselves in action, a Congressional Medal of Honor has this day been presented to you for most distinguished gallantry in action, the following being a statement of particular service: At Missionary Ridge, November 25, 1863, this soldier, then a Color Sergeant, 15th Indiana Vols., in the assault, led his regiment, calling upon his comrades to follow, and near the summit he was wounded and left behind insensible, but having recovered consciousness rejoined the advance, again took the flag and carried it forward to the enemy’s works, where he was again wounded. In the brigade of eight regiments the flag of the 15th Indiana was the first planted on the Parapet.”

Lieutenant Thomas N. Graham in the 15th Indiana Infantry Regiment was a part of General Philip Sheridan’s command when they moved toward Missionary Ridge. While the 15th Indiana Infantry charged up the steep ridge, they were led by the regimental flag until the Color Sergeant was wounded. Lieutenant Thomas Graham, immediately seized the colors and planted the flag inside the enemy lines. The tattered, torn, bullet ridden flag gives a silent testimony to the heroic acts of the men of the 15th Indiana Regiment. After the war, Lieutenant Thomas Graham was awarded
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3. Private Robert B. Brown
the Congressional Medal of Honor for carrying the flag of the 15th Indiana Infantry up the side of Missionary Ridge under fire. The official citation for Lieutenant Thomas N. Graham reads “Seized the colors from the color bearer, who had been wounded, and, exposed to a terrible fire, carried them forward, planting them on the enemy's breastworks."
 
Erected by National Medal of Honor and Museum of Military History Foundation.
 
Location. 35° 1.127′ N, 85° 15.83′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of South Crest Road and South Crest Place, on the right when traveling north on South Crest Road. Touch for map. Located at the Bragg Reservation - Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3136 S Crest Pl, Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Medal of Honor Heritage Trail (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Medal of Honor Heritage Trail (here, next to this marker); Dawson's Georgia Battery (here, next to this marker); Missionary Ridge School (a few steps
Color-Sergeant George L. Banks image. Click for full size.
4. Color-Sergeant George L. Banks
from this marker); 24th Wisconsin Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 44th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 73rd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Missouri U.S.A. Troops Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Also see . . .
1. Medal of Honor Heritage Trail. (Submitted on June 1, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
2. Missionary Ridge - Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. National Park Service (Submitted on June 3, 2017.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Gravestone of Lieutenant Thomas N. Graham image. Click for full size.
5. Gravestone of Lieutenant Thomas N. Graham
George L. Banks Medal of Honor grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
6. George L. Banks Medal of Honor grave marker
He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence KS, Section F, Lot 158
Robert B. Brown Medal of Honor grave marker. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 17, 2000
7. Robert B. Brown Medal of Honor grave marker.
He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville OH, Section 9, Row 7, Lot 1
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 140 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 1, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on June 15, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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