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

51st Ohio Infantry

3rd Brigade

 

3rd Division

 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
1. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the front side of the monument.
Inscription.
Front Side of the Monument:

51st Ohio Infantry
3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 21st Army Corps.

Back Side of the Monument:

September 18th, 1863, this Regiment, Colonel Richard W. McClain commanding, was under fire of the enemy at Class' Mill. At 5:00 P.M. ordered to a position about one half mile north of Lee and Gordon's Mills, where we lay on our arms all night.

September 19th, about 3:00 P.M. became heavily engaged in the timber southeast of this point and near Hall House, the engagement lasting till about 6:00 P.M. when being overpowered, were forced to retire.

September 20th, marched to the extreme left of our line, charged and drove the enemy at 10:30 A.M. and occupied a position near General Baird's left until the Union troops were ordered to retire to Rossville. In consequence of this retirement without notice, to this Regiment, it became involved with the enemy and part of it was captured.

Loss, killed 8; wounded 35; captured or missing 55; total 98. Organized at Camp Meigs, Ohio, October 3d, 1861. Mustered out October 3d, 1865, at Victoria, Texas, by Captain William Nicholas, Commissary of Musters.
 
Erected 1894 by the State of Ohio. (Marker Number MT-1005.)
 
Location.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
2. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
Close up view of the front, top half, of the monument, with the text and bronze artwork display.
34° 53.904′ N, 85° 15.698′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Lafayette Road north of Frank M. Gleason Parkway (Route 27), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along the eastern side of the LaFayette Road. This particular historical marker is situated very near the southern Lafayette Road entrance to the National Park. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service the, “Monument is located in the southern section of the Chickamauga Battlefield along the LaFayette Road, map site #248.”. 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. Barnes' Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 3rd Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 35th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 3rd Wisconsin Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 99th Ohio Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 4th Michigan Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 81st Indiana Infantry (approx. mile away); 42nd Illinois Infantry (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
3. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
A close-up view of the bronze bas-relief artwork displayed on the front of the monument.
According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “8' x 3' x 9', the monument has base of two rock-faced slabs, above which are smooth-faced stones framing a rectangular bronze bas relief of a battle scene. Unit designation in raised letters below relief panel.”

I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the monument number for this marker and the marker'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 (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System)."
 
Regarding 51st Ohio Infantry. It should be noted that this monument displays a bronze bas-relief artwork, that depicts the combat action that this regiment saw from this position.

When discussing Battlefield Monuments, the National Park Service offers this special insight: "Of special interest are bronze bas-relief plaques attached to many monuments. These depict battle scenes based on veterans' eyewitness accounts. Because there are no photographs of the fighting, these plaques are among the best visual records of the battles."
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
4. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the backside of the monument.
 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 March 28, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
5. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
Close up view of the back, top half, of the monument, with the text and bronze artwork display of the state seal.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
6. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
A close-up view of the text displayed on the back of the monument.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
7. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the monument looking south along the LaFayette Road.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
8. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the monument looking north along the LaFayette Road.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
9. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the monument looking west with the LaFayette Road in the background.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
10. 51st Ohio Infantry Marker
View of the monument looking east with the Wisconsin battery, at the edge of the woods, in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 26, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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