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

Palmer's Division

Crittenden's Corps

 

—Major General John M. Palmer —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2016
1. Palmer's Division Marker
Inscription.
Text on the First Tablet:

Palmer's Division .......... Crittenden's Corps.
Major General John M. Palmer.
September 20, 1863, until 5:45 P.M.
1st Brigade - Brigadier General Charles Cruft.
2nd Brigade - Brigadier General William B. Hazen.
3rd Brigade - Colonel William Grose.

The Division was formed on this line before daylight, with Johnson's Division on its left and Reynolds' on its right. Hazen's and Cruft's Brigades were on the front in double lines, the former on the right. Grose's Brigade was posted in reserve. The line was protected by hastily constructed barricades of logs and rails. At 9 o'clock Grose's Brigade, except the 23rd Kentucky which re-enforced Hazen's Brigade, proceeded to the left and took active part in repulsing the various attacks in that quarter, and suffered severely. About 2 P.M. it rejoined its Division and later replaced Hazen's Brigade on the front line, when the latter was dispatched westward of the Lafayette Road to Wood's position on Snodgrass Hill.

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Text on the Second Tablet:

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At 10 A.M. Cleburne's Division attacked Palmer's and Johnson's fronts, and Stewart assaulted simultaneously further to the
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By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2016
2. Palmer's Division Marker
A close-up view of the text on the first blue tablet.
right upon Reynold's and Brannan's fronts. Both Confederate divisions were repulsed with heavy losses and thereafter did not again attack until near sunset, when Reynolds and Palmer were in the act of withdrawing. Cruft's and Grose's Brigades crossed to the middle of the Kelly Field in good order, at which point they became subjected to a heavy artillery fire by which Grose's Brigade was thrown into confusion but were not pursued into the forest. These brigades then proceeded at dusk to Rossville by way of McFarland's Gap. Hazen's Brigade withdrew at 7 P.M. with the forces from Snodgrass Hill.
The losses of the Division during the two days battle were: killed 134; wounded 1031; missing 203; total 1,368.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-519-20.)
 
Location. 34° 55.687′ N, 85° 15.358′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Battleline Road south of Alexanders Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The tablet is located just beyond the middle of the long line of mostly Union monuments, markers, and tablets that are
Palmer's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2016
3. Palmer's Division Marker
A close-up view of the text on the second blue tablet.
situated along the length of 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. Battery B, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battery B, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Cruft's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (within shouting distance of this marker); 90th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 31st Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (within shouting distance of this marker); 124th Ohio 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, to determine both the marker number for this tablet and the tablet'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
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By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2016
4. Palmer's Division Marker
View of the tablets looking north along the Battleline Road.
(using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
 
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
 
Palmer's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2016
5. Palmer's Division Marker
View of the tablets looking east, with a view of the Battleline Road in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 13, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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