96th Illinois Infantry Monument - Chickamauga National Battlefield
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N 34° 55.657 W 085° 16.555
16S E 657471 N 3866373
Quick Description: The 96th Illinois Infantry Monument is located along a hiking trail at Snodgrass Hill, tour stop 8, at the Chickamauga National Battlefield. The plaque on the back of the monument is missing. Parking is at N 34 55.624 W 85 16.262
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/8/2012 1:17:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMECVW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
This monument is dedicated to the 96th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry and is in recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. The 96th Illinois Infantry was organized at Rockford, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on September 6, 1862. Their commander, Colonel Thomas E. Champion.

Text on the front of the monument:
96th Infantry
1st Brigade – Whitaker
1st Division – Steedman
Reserve Corps. - Granger

Text on the rear of the monument: (missing - best guess)
Commanded by
Col. Thomas E. Champion.
Sept. 20 – 1863

From the Return of Casualties in the Army of the Cumberland, OR 5, page 177.
Killed: Enlisted men 39; Wounded: Officers 9, Enlisted men 125; Missing: Officers 2, Enlisted men 50. Total 225

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-713(see note)
  LCS ID: 008916

Historical Significance:

  National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
  National Register Date:

  National Historic Landmark?: No
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Short Significance Description:

Marker contributes to national significance of park under NR Criterion A because it represents the national movement among veterans & related groups to commemorate Civil War battlefields. This was the first U.S. national military park.

Short Physical Description

7'6" x 4'4" x 4'6" high rock-faced monument consisting of rectangular granite block with an inscribed polished front on granite base. The tops of both pieces are beveled. Marks unit's position on Snodgrass Hill.

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My Sources
2. Wikipedia - Battle of Chickamauga
3. The Civil War Home - The Chickamauga Campaign - Union Order of Battle
4. Wikipedia - 96th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Trailhead Graphics, Inc. has produced a map of the Chickamauga Battlefield showing the locations of all of the monuments and the markers on the battlefield. Each location on the map has a number associated with it that cross-references to an index on the back of the map that has the name of the marker (called the Chick-Chatt NMP monument numbering system). This number corresponds to the structure Number listed on the NPS List of Classified Structures that is normally prefixed with the letters MT for the Chickamauga Battlefield.

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Link to nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): [Web Link]

located along a hiking trail at Snodgrass Hill, tour stop 8, at the Chickamauga National Battlefield. The plaque on the back of the monument is missing. Parking is at N 34 55.624 W 85 16.262

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Narrative found on the internet (Link provided below)

Optional link to narrative or database: [Web Link]

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