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

Alexander's Brigade

John E. Smith's Division.

 

17th Corps.

 
Alexander's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
1. Alexander's Brigade Marker
Inscription.
Alexander's Brigade.
John E. Smith's Division. - 17th Corps.
Col. Jesse I. Alexander.

Nov. 25th 1863.

63rd Illinois, - Col. Joseph B. McCown.
48th Indiana, - Lieut. Col. Edward J. Wood.
59th Indiana, - Capt. Wilford H. Wolman.
4th Minnesota, - Lieut. Col. John E. Tourtellotte.
18th Wisconsin, - Col. Gabriel Bouck.

About 1 P.M. November 24th the Brigade advanced from the Tennessee River, the 4th Minnesota in front as skirmishers, and at nightfall had seized the ridge 800 yards northwest of this point, and two guns of the 6th Wisconsin battery were placed in position on top of the ridge. At 10 A.M. of the 25th, the 48th Indiana and 63rd Illinois were sent to support General Lightburn's Brigade on its left and front. Later in the day the 63rd Illinois relieved the 30th and 37th Ohio near this point. The Brigade had 4 wounded.
 
Erected 1890 by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-101.)
 
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.
Alexander's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
2. Alexander's Brigade Marker
View of the historic marker looking east, towards the 63rd Illinois monument (which is just beyond the tree and foliage in the foreground).
35° 4.335′ N, 85° 14.312′ 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 just beyond three Illinois monuments that are located partially down the backside of the slope. 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. 63rd Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 127th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Giles A. Smith's Brigade (within shouting distance of 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
Alexander's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
3. Alexander's Brigade Marker
View of the historic marker, looking northwest, down the slope of the "Sherman Heights."
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 "Sherman Heights" to your north. This historic marker is to the north on the "Sherman Heights."
 
Regarding Alexander'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 Alexander's Brigade, all of them except for the 48th Indiana, 59th Indiana, 4th Minnesota, and 18th Wisconsin have either a marker or a tablet for visitors to view. In explaining why a number of the Army of Tennessee regimental units did not have markers, the NPS staff state the following,

"There is no indication that there ever were stone markers or bronze tablets, as applicable for any of those units. Most of the (units) were positioned where the National Military Park did not acquire any ground.”
 
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 48th Indiana, 59th Indiana, 4th Minnesota, and 18th Wisconsin).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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