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

22nd Michigan Infantry

!st Brigade - 1st Division

 

—Reserve Corps. —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 6, 2009
1. 22nd Michigan - Infantry Marker
View of the front side of this historical marker.
Inscription. Front Side of Marker:

22nd Michigan - Infantry
1st Brigade - 1st Division - Reserve Corps.

Reverse Side of Marker:

Michigan
To her Twenty-Second Regiment of Infantry
Commanded
By Colonel Heber LeFavour, Lieut. Colonel William Sanborn,
Captain Alonzo M. Keeler
Whitaker’s Brigade, Steedman’s Division, Granger’s Corps.
This monument marks the position where the Regiment performed
It’s most important service, Sept. 20th, 1863.
Engaged 455, Killed 32, Wounded 96, Missing 261, Total loss 389.
On the 19th the Regiment marched from Rossville joining
The Brigade near McAfee’s Church. From there it moved about noon
Of the 20th toward this position. After three hours desperate combat
Having exhausted their ammunition, they charged overwhelming numbers
Until overcome.
In the Chattanooga Campaigns it performed important engineer service,
Major Henry S. Dean Commanding.

 
Erected 1895 by the State of Michigan. (Marker Number MT-898.)
 
Location. 34° 55.632′ N, 85° 16.317′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached
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By Dale K. Benington, June 6, 2009
2. 22nd Michigan - Infantry Marker
Close-up view of the inscribed text on the reverse side of this historical marker.
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. 89th Ohio Infantry (here, next to this marker); Whitaker’s Brigade. (a few steps from this marker); Granger's Headquarters Shell Monument (a few steps from this marker); 115th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); 84th Indiana Infantry Regiment (a few steps from this marker); 40th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 21st Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. According to the description information
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By Dale K. Benington, June 6, 2009
3. 22nd Michigan - Infantry Marker
View of this historical marker just beyond the markers that show the position of Whitaker's Brigade on Snodgrass Hill. The 22nd Michigan was part of Whitaker's Brigade, Steedman's Division. The marker for the 21st Ohio can be seen faintly, in the center of the woods, off in the distance.
provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “8' x 3' x 12' high, monument has a rock-faced triple-block base. Pedestal and shaft are smooth-faced, with raised lettering on pedestal and large bronze relief panel of a battle scene attached to shaft. Peaked top.”

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 22nd Michigan Infantry. The 22nd Michigan Infantry was part of the forward brigade (Whitaker's 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 of flanking the beleaguered 21st OVI, situated on what had been the extreme right flank of the Union line of battle.

It should be noted
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By Dale K. Benington, June 6, 2009
4. 22nd Michigan - Infantry Marker
Another view of this historical marker, situated just to the left of the markers showing where Whitaker's Brigade was positioned on the extreme right flank of the Union line of battle on Snodgrass Hill.
that this monument displays a bronze bas-relief artwork, that depicts the combat action that this regiment saw from this position.

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 . . .  National Park Service List of Classified Structures. This is a link to information provided by the National Park Service regarding this particular monument. (Submitted on April 12, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
5. 22nd Michigan Infantry Marker
Close-up view of both the text and the artwork of the battle scene on the front of the historic monument
22nd Michigan Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
6. 22nd Michigan Infantry Marker
Close-up view of the artwork of the battle scene on the front of the historic monument
22nd Michigan Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2012
7. 22nd Michigan Infantry Marker
View of the historic marker in the right foreground and just down the trail, in the valley between Hills #2 and #3 of Horseshoe Ridge, can be seen the 21st Ohio Monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,254 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5, 6, 7. submitted on August 7, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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