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

Rout of the Union Right

Panic-stricken Union soldiers ran from the battlefield

 
 
Rout of the Union Right Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 14, 1999
1. Rout of the Union Right Marker
Inscription. At 11:10 a.m. on September 20, Confederate forces under General James Longstreet broke through the right side of the Union line about ╝ mile behind you at the Brotherton Cabin. Union soldiers behind the shattered line broke ranks and ran, as General Bushrod Johnson┤s Confederates burst out of the woods behind you.

On the hill in front of you stood the headquarters of Major General William S. Rosecrans, the Union commander. A pyramid of cannonballs marks the spot today. Realizing that disaster had struck, Rosecrans told his staff to save themselves, then fled with several of his top officers. It was one of the most disastrous routs of the war.

The highest ranking Union officer left on the field was Major General George S. Thomas. The task fell to him to save the Union Army from annihilation.
 
Erected by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
 
Location. 34° 54.94′ N, 85° 15.964′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Glenn-Kelly Road half a mile north of Vittletoe-Chickamauga Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is across the road from a parking pulloff for about six cars. The marker looks out toward a large open field
Rout of the Union Right Marker Map image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, February 7, 2009
2. Rout of the Union Right Marker Map
surrounded by forest. 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. 21st Ohio Infantry (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 74th Ohio Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 7th Indiana Battery (approx. ╝ mile away); 44th Indiana Infantry (approx. ╝ mile away); 86th Indiana Infantry (approx. ╝ mile away); Reynolds' Division (approx. ╝ mile away); Dick's Brigade (approx. ╝ mile away); a different marker also named 7th Indiana Battery (approx. ╝ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. The marker has the following images:

Drawing Right: Union commander Major General William S. Rosecrans (pointing with binoculars) observes waves of Confederate infantry emerging from the woods to attack his dissolving line. Rosecrans was located on the hill in front of you. The onslaught overwhelmed the Federals, many of whom dropped their weapons and ran.

Map Right: At midday on the second day of battle, a massive Confederate attack shattered the Union right. Demoralized Union units escaped through McFarland's Gap to Rossville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Rosecrans' Headquarters image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 14, 1999
3. Rosecrans' Headquarters
Rosecrans' Headquarters is marked by a pyramid of cannonballs at the distant treeline in line with the edge of the marker. See photo #3.
Rosecrans' Headquarters Zoom image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 15, 1999
4. Rosecrans' Headquarters Zoom
In this zoom shot, Rosecrans' Headquarters pyramid is under some trees to the left of the stone monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 20, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.   2. submitted on August 19, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on February 20, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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