Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
39th Indiana Mounted Infantry
—Johnson's Division —
1st Brigade - Willich, 2nd Division - Johnson.
20th Corps - McCook.
Text on the back side of the Monument:
Thirty-Ninth Regiment Mounted Infantry.
(Afterwards Eight Indiana Cavalry)
Colonel Thomas J Harrison.
First Brigade (Willich).
Second Division (Johnson).
Twentieth Corps (McCook).
September 19th, 1863, marched from McLemore's Cove to Crawfish Springs convoying trains and engaged with a portion of Wheeler's Cavalry, from dusk until midnight carried 1000 canteens of water from Crawfish Springs to suffering soldiers on the battlefield.
September 20th, 1863, armed with spencer rifles took position early, dismounted, in the line on ridge near Widow Glenn's, west of Crawfish Springs Road, about 11:45 a.m., with the line, charged upon the enemy here, completely clearing its front. The enemy gave way in disorder, losing beside his killed and wounded about 200 being in its immediate front, the regiment retired leisurely to Chattanooga Valley Road, and thence escorted trains to Chattanooga.
Casualties: three commissioned officers wounded, five enlisted men killed and thirty-two
Erected 1898 by State of Indiana. (Marker Number MT-806.)
Location. 34° 54.462′ N, 85° 16.349′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Glenn-Viniard Road north of Wilder Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, a short distance off a park roadway (Google maps show road as Vittitoe-Chickamauga Road, NPS map show road as Glenn-Viniard Road), north of the Wilder Tower. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, this “Monument located within the Chickamauga Battlefield on Glenn Hill, near the Wilder Brigade Monument, map site #234". 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. Widow Glenn's House Site (here, next to this marker); Field Headquarters Army of the Cumberland. (a few steps from this marker); 98th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 72nd Indiana Mounted Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Wilder's Brigade 18th Indiana Battery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named 18th Indiana Battery (a few steps from this marker); Wilder Brigade Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the marker is, “8' x 7' x 13' high, this rock-faced monument has a stepped base with an inscription on top step. Inset panel in shaft contains relief carving of crossed rifle & saber with laurel wreath; state seal is above. Pyramidal roof with stone eagle on top."
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 monument and the monument'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).”
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 October 21, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 21, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.