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Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Brannan's Division

Thomas’ Corps.

 

—Brid. Gen. John M. Brannon. —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
1. Brannan's Division Marker
Inscription. Text on the First Tablet:

Brannan's Division - Thomas Corps.
Brig. Gen. John M. Brannan.
Sept. 20, 1863. 1 to 7:30 P.M.
1st Brigade - Col. Morton C. Hunter.
2nd Brigade - Col. William H. Hays.
3rd Brigade - Col. Ferdinand Van Derveer.

When the head of Hood's column pierced the Union line at the Brotherton house, and turned to the right, Brannan's line was taken in flank and rear. Van Derveer's brigade had been dispatched to Baird's assistance at the extreme left. The First and Second brigades, after stout resistance toward their right and rear, were forced back in disorder and parts of them were rallied on this ridge, where were gathered other forces and fragments of regiments numbering in all about 2500. Connell, with the greater part of the First brigade, retreated toward Chattanooga, Col. Morton C. Hunter remaining with less than one-third of the brigade on Snodgrass Hill.

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Text on the Second Tablet:

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Harker's brigade of Wood's division, which had held back Hood's division while Brannan was arranging his line, took position on the open ridge north and east of the Snodgrass house. Smith's battery I, 4th U.S., was at the house,
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By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
2. Brannan's Division Marker
Close-up view of the text on the first of two historical tablets.
Stanley's brigade of Negley's division next to the right, then Brannan's troops with many fragments of regiments along the line. The Confederates were turning Brannan's right flank when Steedman's division arrived at 2 P.M., driving them away from Brannan's right and rear and prolonging his line on the ridge. VanDerveer's brigade rejoined from the Kelly field at 2:30 and went immediately into battle on Brannan's line to the left of Steedman. The Confederate assaults were heavy and continuous from 1 o'clock till sunset. Fighting having ceased, Brannan's line was withdrawn without molestation at 7:30 by way of McFarland's gap to Rossville. Total strength of the division in action Sept. 19th, 5,998. Losses of the division for both days: killed 325; wounded 1,652; missing 214; total, 2,191. Percentage of loss 36.5.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-498.)
 
Location. 34° 55.668′ N, 85° 16.143′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Vittetoe Road west of Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road when traveling west. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the northwest section of the Chickamauga National Military Park, along a ridge called Snodgrass Hill.
Brannan's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
3. Brannan's Division Marker
Close-up view of the text on the second of two historical tablets.
To view this historical marker drive to the parking area on Snodgrass Hill and the marker can be seen situated just southwest of the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 87th Indiana Infantry (here, next to this marker); 74th Indiana Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 10th Indiana Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Defense of Snodgrass Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); 9th Ohio Infantry. (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd Minnesota Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Croxton's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the marker number for this tablet and the tablet's location in relation to the rest of the park's monuments, markers, and tablets. According to the map it provides the, "numerical listing of all monuments, markers, and tablets on the Chickamauga Battlefield
Brannan's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
4. Brannan's Division Marker
View of the historical tablets located in front of the 87th Indiana Infantry Monument.
(using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Brannan's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
5. Brannan's Division Marker
View looking southeast, from the Snodgrass Hill parking area, of the historical tablets.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 3, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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