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

The Second Day Begins

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
1. The Second Day Begins Marker
Inscription.
Morning brought repeated
attacks on the Union
breastworks here

By the morning of September 20, 1863, General Braxton Bragg had organized his Confederate army into two wings - Longstreet's on the left, and Polk's here on the right. Bragg ordered Polk to attack at dawn. However, the attack was delayed, and the Federals used the first critical hours of daylight to strengthen their log breastworks.

Finally, at 9:30 a.m., Major General John C. Breckinridge's Confederate Division struck the Union breastworks at this point. Other Confederate units joined them as the attacks spread southward along the line of monuments behind you. The pressure of these attacks forced Union commander Major General William Rosecrans to move men from his center to stop the attacks here on his left.

About noon the futile and costly Confederate charges ended, not to be resumed until late afternoon. The Federals stood firm behind their log wall, awaiting the outcome of the fighting still raging south of here.
 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
 
Location. 34° 56.008′ N, 85° 15.326′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County.
The Second Day Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
2. The Second Day Begins Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing the Union infantry positioned behind log breastworks firing deadly volleys into lines of assaulting Confederates.
Marker is at the intersection of Battleline Road and Alexander Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south on Battleline Road. Touch for map. This monument is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The monument is located at the extreme northern end of the line of mostly Union monuments, markers, and tablets that are situated along the park's Battleline Road. 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. Hardship on the Union Line (a few steps from this marker); 15th United States Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd Tennessee Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 16th United States Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 48th Tennessee Infantry (a few steps from this marker); J. King's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 18th United States Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Wisconsin Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Second Day Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
3. The Second Day Begins Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a map, showing Polk's Wing of the Confederate army unsuccessfully assaulting the Federal battleline at this point of the battlefield.
The Second Day Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
4. The Second Day Begins Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing how after the Battle of Chickamauga, the 14th Corps of the Union Army of the Cumberland adopted the acorn as their corps badge.
The Second Day Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
5. The Second Day Begins Marker
View of the marker, looking northeast, with a view of several Confederate unit markers seen beyond the trees.
The Second Day Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2015
6. The Second Day Begins Marker
View of the marker, looking west, along a park hiking trail.
The Second Day Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, February 19, 2009
7. The Second Day Begins Marker
Marker (right) in relation to other marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 19, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   7. submitted on August 19, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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