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

63rd Illinois Infantry

1st Brigade - 2nd Division

 

17th Corps

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. 63rd Illinois Marker
View of the front of the historic marker.
Inscription. [Front Side]:

Illinois
63rd Infantry,
1st Brigade - Alexander,
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-167.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Sherman Reservation marker series.
 
Location. 35° 4.329′ N, 85° 14.311′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from North Crest Road north of Lightfoot Mill Road. Touch for map. This historic marker is located in the Sherman Reservation, up on the hill called the "Sherman Heights," due north of the Iowa monument, up over the crest of the hill and partially down the backside slope. According to the location provided by National Park Service, “Monument located at the Sherman Reservation/1935 Map 52-33 on Missionary Ridge Battlefield". 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. Alexander's Brigade (a few steps from this marker);
63rd Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. 63rd Illinois Marker
View of the back side of the historic marker, showing the location of the missing metal plaque in the middle of the marker.
127th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Giles A. Smith's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 116th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 57th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Earthworks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cockerill's Brigade (about 300 feet away); 53rd Ohio 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. Once there you will see a pathway that goes from the end of the road to the center of the gorge that separates "Tunnel Hill" to your south and
63rd Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
3. 63rd Illinois Marker
View of the top corner of the historic marker, looking south, up the back slope of "Sherman Heights," in the direction of two additional markers for Illinois regiments.
"Sherman Heights" to your north. This historic marker is to the north on "Sherman Heights."

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 Missionary Ridge. Removed interpretive plaque refers to Col. Joseph B. McCowen."
 
Also see . . .
1. 63rd Illinois Infantry. This is a link to information provided by the "Civil War Index" web site. (Submitted on July 26, 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 24, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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