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

1st Michigan Engineers

Army of the Cumberland

 

—William P. Innes Colonel Commanding —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
1. First · Michigan · Engineers Marker
Inscription.
[Front Side]
First • Michigan • Engineers
• Army • of • the • Cumberland •
William P. Innes Colonel Commanding


[Back Side]
A detachment of this regiment, Captain Perrin V. Fox Commanding, prepared the materials and constructed the Pontoon Bridges crossing the Tennessee River at this City and Brown's Ferry, and the South Chickamauga River, near the north end of Missionary Ridge. Other detachments of the Regiment were engaged during the Campaigns along the railroad from Chattanooga to Murfreesboro building bridges and other Engineer duties.

 
Erected 1899 by the State of Michigan. (Marker Number MT-200.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Orchard Knob Reservation marker series.
 
Location. 35° 2.336′ N, 85° 16.469′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Ivy Street and Hawthorne Street, on the left when traveling east on Ivy Street. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, in the city of Chattanooga, a little less than a mile
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
2. First · Michigan · Engineers Marker
Close-up view of the front text on the historical monument and the plaque depicting the Michigan Engineers building a pontoon bridge.
west of Missionary Ridge. It is situated on the southern edge of the Orchard Knob Reservation, National Military Park and is positioned directly across the street from a residence located at 1802 Ivy Street. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, “Monument is located on Orchard Knob Reservation, map site #32-29". 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. 2nd & 33rd Massachusetts Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 5th & 20th Connecticut Infantry Regiment Monument (a few steps from this marker); Battery E, Pennsylvania Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Wisconsin State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Michigan Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); New Jersey State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 27th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Fourteenth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. The 1st Michigan Engineers was engaged during the Chattanooga Campaign, but operated outside the limits of the National Park (from the plaque
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
3. First · Michigan · Engineers Marker
Distant backside view of the historical monument situated near the southwest corner of the Orchard Knob Reservation with a view of the nearby residences located across the street on Ivy Street.
located near this monument).

According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “8' x 4' x 13' high, the smooth-faced granite monument has a temple-form shaft on a rock-faced double-block base. Shaft has bronze relief panel of a pontoon bridge, above which are 3 triglyphs and a pyramidal top.”
 
Regarding 1st Michigan Engineers. 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."
 
Also see . . .  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 August 25, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
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View of the plaques affixed to the backside of the historical monument.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
5. First · Michigan · Engineers Marker
Close-up view of the regiment's symbols, depicting crossed oars, an anchor, and the castle-fortress engineer symbol, that are affixed to the front/top of the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
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View looking northwest of the historical marker and of the nearby residences on Hawthorne Street.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
7. First · Michigan · Engineers Marker
View of the historical monument in the center of the picture, looking east along Ivy Street, with the Massachusetts Monument in the foreground and the Wisconsin Monument on the distant high ground above.
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By Byron Hooks, March 25, 2015
8. 1st Michigan Engineers Marker
Photo from 2015 after the monument has been cleaned and restored.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on April 28, 2015, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 12, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   8. submitted on April 28, 2015, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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