Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
"Our troops were put in motion on September 7 and 8," General Braxton Bragg stated, "and took position from Lee and Gordon's Mills to LaFayette, on the road leading south from Chattanooga and fronting the east slope of Lookout Mountain. The forces on the Hiwassee and at Chickamauga Station took the route to ringgold. A small cavalry force was left in observation at Chattanooga and a brigade of infantry, strongly supported by cavalry, was left at Ringgold to hold
"Bragg then fell back to LaFayette, Georgia," Colonel John T. Wilder observed, "To interpose in Rosecrans' front, leaving two cavalry brigades, one in Chattanooga and the other at Friar's Island ford, seven miles above Chattanooga, where I had kept a regiment and two guns threatening to cross all the time we were shelling... On September 9th we forced a passage of the river at Friar's Island, and the Ninety-Second Illinois, of my brigade, which had been sent to Shellmound came over the point of Lookout Mountain and entered Chattanooga."
"As soon as our movement was known to the enemy," General Bragg wrote, "his corps nearest Chattanooga [General Crittenden's 21st Army Corps], and which had been threatening Buckner's rear, was thrown into that place, and shortly thereafter commenced to move on our rear by the two roads to LaFayette and Ringgold."
Rosecrans' Chief of Staff, General James A. Garfield, updated General McCook on the situation. "A dispatched received from General Wagner, dated September 8, 8:30 p.m., stating that the rebels evacuated Chattanooga yesterday and he will occupy it in the morning. General Crittenden started this morning to occupy the place and commence the pursuit. Our forces opposite that place have been ordered to cross the river immediately and join General Crittenden."
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 21.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 56.831′ N, 85° 15.523′ W. Marker is in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Lafayette Road south of Forrest Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the downtown business district, in front of the sign that advertises for the Park Place Plaza shopping center. 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. McCook's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Barnett's Battery I, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away); Dibrell's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Shaw's Tennessee Battery 1st Regiment & 18th Battalion Tennessee Cavalry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tennessee C.S.A. Cavalry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Armstrong's Division - Forrest's Cavalry Corps. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hospitals, Left Wing, Union Army. (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
Also see . . .
1. Chickmauga Heritage Trail Campaign. This is a link to information provided by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail website. (Submitted on August 9, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. LaFayette Road Marker - Historic Markers Across Georgia. This is a link to information provided by the Historic Markers Across Georgia website. (Submitted on August 9, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 317 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 9, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.