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Willich's Brigade

Wood's Division - Granger's Corps.

 

—Brig. Gen. August Willich. —

 
Willich's Brigade. Marker image. Click for more information.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
1. Willich's Brigade. Marker
Inscription.
No.1...................................................U.
Willich's Brigade.
Wood's Division - Granger's Corps.
Brig. Gen. August Willich.

Nov. 23, 1863.
25th Illinois - Col. Richard H. Nodine.
35th Illinois - Lieut. Col. William P. Chandler.
89th Illinois - Lieut. Col. William D.Williams.
32nd Indiana - Lieut. Col. Frank Erdelmeyer.
68th Indiana - Lieut. Col. Harvey J. Espy.
68th Indiana - Capt. Richard L. Leeson.
8th Kansas - Col. John A. Martin.
15th Ohio - Lieut. Col. Frank Askew.
49th Ohio - Maj. Samuel F. Gray.
15th Wisconsin - Capt. John A. Gordon.
Bridges' (Illinois) Battery - Capt. Lyman Bridges


This brigade, with Hazen's on its right, and S. Beatty's on its left rear, advanced from in front of Fort Wood directly on Orchard Knob during the afternoon of Nov. 23d. It captured the knob which was occupied as a fortified outpost, while Hazen's Brigade carried the ridge to the south of it. During the night of the 23d strong double lines of infantry entrenchments were constructed. The brigade held the entire knob throughout the 24th and the 25th up to 3:15 p.m. The hour of the general advance against Missionary Ridge. The present works indicate the position of the brigade line.
 
Erected
Willich's Brigade. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
2. Willich's Brigade. Marker
View looking west, from the backside of the historical marker,towards the entrenchments about Bridges' Battery and the Illinois and Maryland Memorial Monuments that are situated at the top of Orchard Knob.
1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-140.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Orchard Knob Reservation, and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park: November 23, 1863 marker series.
 
Location. 35° 2.376′ N, 85° 16.419′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Orchard Knob Avenue north of Ivy Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, in the city of Chattanooga, a little less than a mile west of Missionary Ridge. It is situated on the crest of the Orchard Knob Reservation, National Military Park and is positioned at the end of the pathway that leads to the crest of the hill from the park entrance at the corner of Ivy Street and Orchard Knob Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bridges' Battery, Illinois Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Illinois State Monument (a few steps from this marker); Field Headquarters of the Union Armies (within shouting distance of this
Willich's Brigade. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
3. Willich's Brigade. Marker
View looking east of what is left of the entrenchments along the crest of Orchard Knob that were used by Willich's Brigade, with a distant view of Missionary Ridge.
marker); Confederate Casualties (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Chattanooga. (within shouting distance of this marker); The State of Maryland (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Casualties (within shouting distance of this marker); Fourth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Regarding Willich's Brigade. While this tablet identifies both the location and role played during the military action of this particular Brigade, as well as listing the regimental units that make up this Brigade, not all of its listed regiments have individual markers and/or tablets for the park visitor to view. So of the regiments listed for Willich's Brigade, all of them except for the 68th Indiana have either a marker or a tablet for visitors to view. In explaining this, the NPS staff state the following,

"There is no indication that there ever were bronze tablets (for this unit)...the answer to that question is probably another that would have to be addressed to whatever records survive in the ... state archives respectively (since it was the states that were responsible for providing the unit commemorative features).”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Use this link to see the Regimental markers, tablets, and/or monuments for this Brigade (except for the 68th Indiana which never had a marker or tablet).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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