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

Wilder's Brigade

Reynolds’ Division

 

—Thomas’ Corps. —

 
Wilder's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 23, 2016
1. Wilder's Brigade Marker
Inscription.
Wilder's Brigade.
Reynolds' Division - Thomas' Corps.
Colonel John T. Wilder.
92d Illinois - Colonel Smith D. Atkins.
98th Illinois - Colonel John J. Funkhouser.
123rd Illinois - Colonel James Monroe.
17th Indiana - Major William T. Jones.
72nd Indiana - Colonel Abram O. Miller.
Indiana Light, 18th Battery - Captain Eli Lilly.


(September 17 and 18, 1863)

On the 17th of September, Wilder's Mounted Infantry took position at this point with troops thrown forward to hold Alexander Bridge. He was sharply attacked during the forenoon of the 18th, but held his ground and drove off the enemy. About 2 p.m., while the 72d Indiana, and seven companies of the 123d Illinois, and a section of two guns from his battery were absent assisting Minty below Reed's Bridge, he was attacked by Walthall's Brigade of Liddell's Division, advancing to force a crossing of the river. Walthall was successfully resisted suffering a lose of 105 men. Followed by Govan's Brigade of the same Division he then moved down the river to Byram's (Lambert's) ford, at which point the Division crossed to the west side at dark. About 5 p.m. Wilder was threatened by Hood's Column advancing from Reed's Bridge, upon which he slowly withdrew to a point east of the LaFayette Road near Viniard's house, where,
Wilder's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 23, 2016
2. Wilder's Brigade Marker
View of the tablet, looking east, towards the intersection of Viniard Road with the Alexander Bridge Road.
being joined by the troops which he had dispatched to Minty's assistance and by two regiments of Wood's Division he repulsed an attack at 9 p.m. and held his Brigade in close contact with Hood's forces throughout the night.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-648.)
 
Location. 34° 54.677′ N, 85° 13.924′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Viniard Road and Alexander Bridge Road, on the right when traveling east on Viniard Road. Touch for map. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, just south of a large traffic island, at the intersection of two park roadways, a short distance north of the Alexander Bridge. 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. Walker's Division. (within shouting distance of this marker); 18th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 18th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Indiana Mounted Infantry
Wilder's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 23, 2016
3. Wilder's Brigade Marker
A more distant view of the tablet, looking east, towards the intersection of Viniard Road with the Alexander Bridge Road.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); 72nd Indiana Mounted Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Walthall's Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Deshler's Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stanford's Mississippi Battery. (approx. 0.7 miles away). 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 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).”
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Wilder's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 23, 2016
4. Wilder's Brigade Marker
View of the backside of the tablet, situated by the intersection of two park roadways, looking north, along the Alexander Bridge Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 4, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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