Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Steedman’s Division......Granger’s Corps.
Brig. Gen. Walter C. Whitaker.
Sept. 20, 1863. 2 to 6 P.M.
115th Illinois……………………..Col. Jesse H. Moore
84th Indiana…………………...…Col. Nelson Trusler
22nd Michigan…………………...Col. Heber LeFavour
22nd Michigan…………………...Lieut. Col. William Sanborn
22nd Michigan…………………...Capt. Alonzo Keeler
40th Ohio………………………...Lieut. Col. William Jones
89th Ohio………………...………Col. Caleb H. Carlton
89th Ohio………………...………Capt. Isaac C. Nelson
Ohio Light Artillery
18th Battery……………………...Capt. Charles C. Aleshire
[Text from the Second Tablet]:
This Brigade being the advance of Steedman's Division reached the Snodgrass House at about 1:30 P.M. As soon as it passed Brannan's right it faced the ridge and drove the Confederates from it. Its battery, upon arrival at the Snodgrass House, was sent to the left of Harker's line, and was engaged there till night. The 22nd Michigan and 89th Ohio were temporarily attached, and when the Brigade withdrew at sunset to the ridge in the rear these regiments were not notified, and with
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-647.)
Location. 34° 55.629′ N, 85° 16.322′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Vittetoe Road west of Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road when traveling west. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the northwest section of the Chickamauga National Military Park, near the Snodgrass Hill area of the driving tour, along the part of the battlefield known as Horseshoe Ridge, more specially on Hill #3 of Horseshoe Ridge. To view this historical marker drive to the parking area for Horseshoe Ridge (just beyond the Snodgrass Hill tour stop) and proceed westward on foot, along the southern crest of the ridge for a little more than 0.2 of a mile, to the high ground on Hill #3. 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 115th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Granger's Headquarters Shell Monument (a few steps from this marker); 22nd Michigan Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 84th Indiana Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); 89th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); 40th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 41st Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. When revisiting the site of this historical marker on August 1, 2012, I noticed that the metal plaque on this monument is now painted a different color. Whereas before the background color was white and the text was printed in blue, now the background color is blue and the text is painted in white.
Regarding Whitaker’s Brigade.. Whitaker's Brigade was the forward brigade of Steedman's Division which arrived at the Union position on Snodgrass Hill at the critical moment of the battle. When directed to provide support for the Union right flank, Steedman directed Whitaker's Brigade to rush up to crest of the ridge, arriving just in time to drive off the Confederate forces that were on the verge
1. One of the few heroes from the Battle of Chickamauga, James B. Steedman
OK, I confess, of all of the many civil war battlefields and sites that I have ever visited, the right flank of the Union position on Snodgrass Hill has to be one of my favorite Civil War sites. Not only is it the site where my favorite regiment, the 21st OVI made up of citizens from northwest Ohio, made its famous battlefield stand against the overwhelming forces of General Longstreet's left flank, but it is also the site where home grown (Toledo, Ohio), hero, James B. Steedman made his timely battlefield arrival and saved the day for what was left of the Union Army of the Cumberland.
The background behind this action is that Granger's Corps were being held in reserve, but as the battle raged on and they never received any orders or communication, they became so concerned that the decision was made to march towards the sounds of the battlefield action without ever having received any orders to do so. The end result was that Steedman's Division arrived at the Union position on Snodgrass Hill at the critical moment of the battle. When directed to provide support for the Union right
I have included several pictures of two monuments dedicated to James B. Steedman that are located back in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, where he became an honored hero because of his role in this battlefield action.
— Submitted November 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,081 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 7, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.