2nd Illinois Light Artillery -- Battery I Marker - Chickamauga National Battlefield
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N 34° 55.791 W 085° 13.200
16S E 662575 N 3866709
Quick Description: “The opening of the battle”, one of four markers located on Reeds Bridge Rd just east of the north east entrance to the park. Marks unit's position from 9/18/1863 at 6:00 p.m. to 9/19/1863 at 7:00 a.m.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 1:42:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMEDMF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
This marker is dedicated to the Battery I, 2nd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery and is in recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. The battery was organized at Camp Butler near Springfield, Illinois and mustered in for a three year enlistment on December 31, 1861. It marks their location on Friday September 18, 1863 at 6:00 p.m. until Saturday, September 19, 1863 at 7:00 a.m. The commander of the battery was Captain Charles M. Barnett.

Text on the front of the marker:
Second Light Artillery Battery I
6 P.M. 18th to 7 A.M. 19th of September 1863.
“The opening of the battle.”

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-663(see note)
  LCS ID: 008947

Historical Significance:

  National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
  National Register Date:

  National Historic Landmark?: No
  Significance Level:

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

2'6" x 1'2" x 2'6" high rectangular slab of dark Quincy granite. Rock-faced sides; polished & inscribed front. "Illinois" is in large raised letters on beveled top. Marks unit's position from 6:00 p.m. on 9/18/63 to 7:00 a.m. on 9/19/63.

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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 - Battery I, 2nd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery

This marker is not on the map. -- 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 on Reeds Bridge Rd just east of the north east entrance to the park.

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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