51st Illinois Infantry Monument - Chickamauga National Military Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Lat34North
N 34° 54.149 W 085° 15.633
16S E 658924 N 3863609
Quick Description: This monument to the 51st Illinois is located in Viniard’s Field on the east side of Lafayette Rd at Viniard-Alexander Rd, Chickamauga National Battlefield. This monument indicates their position from Sept. 19th at 4 p.m. until 4 am on the 20th.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/7/2012 1:25:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMECHM
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
This monument is dedicated to the 51st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry is in recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. The 51st Illinois Infantry was organized at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on December 24, 1861. This monument indicates their position from Saturday 19th at 4 p.m. until Sunday, September 20, 1863, 4 a.m.

Text on the front of the monument:
51st Infantry
3rd Brigade – Bradley
3rd Division – Sheridan
20th Army Corps - McCook

Text on the rear of the monument:
Commanded by
Lt. Col. Samuel B. Raymond
Sept. 19 – 1863
4 P.M. 19th to 4 A.M. 20th
Loss 149

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-690(see note)
  LCS ID: 008905

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 9/19 at 4:00 p.m. to 9/20/1863 at 4:00 a.m.

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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 - 51st 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.

Date Installed or Dedicated: 1/1/1899

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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Photo or photos will be uploaded.: yes

Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Not listed

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