Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
—Brigadier General Absalom Baird —
Brigadier General Absalom Baird.
September 20, 1863, till 6 p.m.
1st Brigade - Colonel Benjamin F. Scribner.
2nd Brigade - Brigadier General John C. Starkweather.
3rd Brigade - Brigadier General John H. King.
At 3 o'clock a.m. September 20th, General Baird, having withdrawn the evening of the 19th from the vicinity of Jay's Mill, posted his division in the woods around the northeast corner of the Kelly field and about 150 yards in advance of it, and strengthened his front with a breastwork of logs and rails. Starkweather's brigade was on the right facing east with four guns in such position as to enfilade the line to the left.
Text on the Second Tablet:
Scribner's brigade was next on the left with its left refused and facing north east, while King's brigade facing north formed the left of the Baird's line, which soon after was further extended to the left by Dodge's brigade of Johnson's division. The remainder of Johnson's division was in line on Baird's right. The fighting on Baird's front began about 10 o'clock, and was heavy until 1 p.m. Breckinridge's division assaulted
Text on the Third Tablet:
With the exception of the heavy skirmishing there was little fighting on the Kelly field from 1 p.m. till late in the afternoon. At 5:30 p.m. General Thomas sent orders to General Reynolds to begin the withdrawal of this portion of the army. Baird and Johnson were heavily attacked when the order reached them to retire. They held their lines for a short time and then withdrew in confusion to the woods west of the Kelly field, into which they were not pursued. Thence Baird's division proceeded to Rossville by way of McFarland's Gap. The total loss in the division during the two day's battle was: killed 181; wounded, 794; missing, 1202; total 2177.
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-491.)
Location. Touch for map. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The tablet 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. 2nd Ohio Infantry (here, next to this marker); 3rd and 5th Confederate Tennessee Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 33rd Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Wisconsin Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Maney's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Scribner's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 18th United States Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center,
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Use this link to see the Brigade tablets for this Division.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 24, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.