Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Medal of Honor Heritage Trail
Missionary Ridge - November - 1863
On November 25th, 1863, General Green R. Raumís 2nd Brigade of General John E. Smithís 2nd Division of the 17th Corps moved up the hill on the left but were driven back. Sergeant Freeman Davisí 80th Ohio Infantry was part of the unit. He saw the color bearers shot down and under severe fire and great danger to himself, he recovered both flags and saved them from capture by the enemy. For this accomplishment he was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain.
John S. Kountz was the drummer boy for Company G, in the 37th Ohio Infantry. This unit was to the right of Raumís brigade in
The company commander asked who would go get him. William Schmidt, his former schoolmate answered, “I will.” Schmidt skirted a low hill for cover as far as he could, and then raced out onto the open field to reach the wounded drummer. He later wrote, “Advancing some distance under cover of the hill, I sprang forward to the spot where he lay. I succeeded in getting him safely back to our lines. When I rescued him he was nearer the rebel works than any of the killed or wounded of our regiment.” William Schmidt was later awarded the Medal of Honor for saving his friend.
Drummer Kountz was taken to an aide station where a surgeon informed him that amputation was necessary. He was chloroformed and on wakening felt for his leg but it was gone. “At the time I was 17 years of age.” Drummer Kountz lost his leg but survived the war for many years.
Erected by National Medal of Honor and Museum of Military History Foundation.
Location. 35° 1.128′ N, 85° 15.827′ 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); Dawson's Georgia Battery (here, next to this marker); Missionary Ridge School (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Medal of Honor Heritage Trail (here, next to this marker); 44th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 24th Wisconsin 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 2, 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on June 6, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on June 15, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.