Battery C, First Illinois Light Art. Monument - Chickamauga National Battlefield
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Quick Description: This monument to the Battery C, 1st Illinois Light Artillery is located at Viniard Field on the west side of Lafayette Rd at the Chickamauga National Battlefield.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/16/2012 11:19:30 AM
Waymark Code: WMEEE8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
This marker is dedicated to the Battery "C", 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery and is in recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. Battery "C", 1st Illinois was organized at Ottawa, Illinois on October 31, 1861. It marks their location from Saturday, September 19, 1863 at 4 p.m. until Sunday, September 19, 1863 at 4:00 a.m. The commander of the battery was Captain Mark H. Prescott.

Text on the front of the marker:
Battery C, 1st Light Artillery,
3rd Division – Sheridan
20th Army Corps – McCook

Text on the rear of the marker:
Commanded by
Captain Mark H. Prescott,
Sept. 19, 1863
4 P.M. 19th to 4 A.M. 20th
Loss 4

From a nearby plaque:

Battery C, 1st Illinois Light Artillery.
4 3” Rifles, 2 12 PDR. Howitzer
Bradley’s Brigade, Sheridan’s Division, McCook’s Corps.
September 19, 1863

Capt. Mark H. Prescott, Commanding
2d Lieut. Joseph R. Channel
2d Lieut. Stephen G. Grubb

   This battery with its Brigade moved from Pond Spring early in the
morning, forming temporary line of battle near Crawfish Spring, and,
subsequently, near Lee and Gordon’s Mill, without becoming seriously engaged.

   It reached this position about 4 P.M. The battery coming into position
on this ground, and remained till the morning of the 20th without serious
engagement or loss.

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-660(see note)
  LCS ID: 008943

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

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 from Sept. 19, 4:00 p.m. to Sept. 20, 4:00 p.m.
Note: The monument says Sept. 20, 4 am not pm.

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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 "C", 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery

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 page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

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

located at Viniard Field on the west side of Lafayette Rd at the Chickamauga National Battlefield.

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

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