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

56th Illinois Infantry Monument

Raum's Brigade

 

—John E. Smith's Division —

 
56th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. 56th Illinois Marker
Inscription. [Front Side]:

Illinois
56th Infantry
2nd Brigade - Raum,
2nd Division - John E. Smith,
17th Army Corps - McPherson.


[Back Side]:

The metal plaque is missing.

 
Erected 1899 by the State of Illinois. (Marker Number MT-105.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Sherman Reservation, and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park: November 25, 1863 marker series.
 
Location. 35° 4.189′ N, 85° 14.412′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on North Crest Road north of Lightfoot Mill Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This historic marker is located on the western boundary of the Sherman Reservation, at the extreme northern end of North Crest Road, which is the part of that roadway that has been closed to vehicle traffic by the National Park Service. The National Park Service provides this information regarding the monument's location, "Monument is located in the Sherman Reservation on Missionary Ridge, map site #52-17.". Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
56th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. 56th Illinois Marker
View of the historic marker on the edge of the pathway that goes from the end of North Crest Road to the grounds of the Sherman Reservation.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Raum's Brigade ( here, next to this marker); 80th Ohio Infantry ( within shouting distance of this marker); Battery D, 1st Missouri ( within shouting distance of this marker); 46th Ohio Infantry ( within shouting distance of this marker); 93rd Illinois Infantry ( within shouting distance of this marker); 40th Illinois Infantry ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 6th Missouri Infantry ( about 300 feet away); 26th U.S. Missouri Infantry ( about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. Because of its location in the Sherman Reservation it cannot be reached by car and can only be reached by foot. I would suggest parking your car in the provided parking area on Lightfoot Mill Road and then walking north on North Crest Road. You will reach a spot on this road where there is a locked gate barring further vehicle traffic on the road, but not foot traffic. Continue to walk all the way to the end of North Crest Road.

According to the description provided by National Park Service, the monument is, "7'6" x 4'4" x 4'6" high rock-faced granite monument consisting of rectangular block with an inscribed polished front on rectangular base. The tops of both pieces are beveled. Marks unit's participation in Battle of
56th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
3. 56th Illinois Marker
View of the right-backside of the historic monument, showing that the monument's metal plaque is missing.
Missionary Ridge."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of monuments and tablets found in this database from the Chattanooga Battlefields in Structure Number order.
 
Also see . . .
1. 56th Illinois Infantry. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 25, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. 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 August 23, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
56th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
4. 56th Illinois Marker
Close-up view of where the metal plaque is missing on the backside of the historic monument.
56th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
5. 56th Illinois Marker
A distant view of the historic marker on the edge of the pathway that goes from the end of North Crest Road to the grounds of the Sherman Reservation.
56th Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
6. 56th Illinois Marker
A distant view, as seen from the Missouri marker, looking north along North Crest Road, of the Illinois marker situated at the very end of North Crest Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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