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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Willich's Brigade

Wood's Division - Granger's Corps.

 

—Brig. Gen. August Willich. —

 
Willich's Brigade. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
1. Willich's Brigade. Marker
Inscription.
Willich's Brigade.
Wood's Division - Granger's Corps.
Brig. Gen. August Willich.

Nov. 25, 1863.
25th Illinois - Col. Richard H. Nodine.
35th Illinois - Lieut. Col. W. P. Chandler.
89th Illinois - Lieut. Col. W. D.Williams.
32nd Indiana - Lieut. Col. F. 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.

This brigade, the center of Wood's division, with Hazen's brigade on its right, and Gen. Samuel Beatty's on its left, moved to the assault from Orchard Knob in two lines, with the 15th Wisconsin in reserve. Upon carrying the earthworks at the foot of the ridge the command assaulted without further orders and gained the crest, General Willich having no instructions to halt at the base. Artillery was captured on the summit by both wings of the brigade, Hazen's troops on the right assisting in taking two guns. Part of the brigade pursued to the eastern base of the ridge, capturing several guns on the slope, while part of it advanced northward along the ridge.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga-Chattanooga
Willich's Brigade. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
2. Willich's Brigade. Marker
View of the historical marker on the western crest of Missionary Ridge, with a distant view of Lookout Mountain in the background.
National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-139.)
 
Location. 35° 2.152′ N, 85° 15.291′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on North Crest Road north of Shallowford Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located along the western crest of Missionary Ridge, between the Ohio Reservation and the Turchin Reservation (closer to the Turchin Reservation). Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 North Crest Road, Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cleburne's Division (a few steps from this marker); 49th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Wisconsin (within shouting distance of this marker); 89th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Ohio Infantry. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry, (about 300 feet away); 32nd Indiana Infantry (about 400 feet away); 25th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away). 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
Willich's Brigade. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
3. Willich's Brigade. Marker
View of the historical marker looking north along North Crest Road.
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
 
Willich's Brigade. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
4. Willich's Brigade. Marker
View of the historical marker looking south along North Crest Road, towards the intersection with Shallowford Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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