79th Illinois Infantry Marker - Chickamauga National Battlefield
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 34° 56.041 W 085° 15.447
16S E 659146 N 3867111
Quick Description: This marker to the 79th Illinois Infantry is located along a wooded path near Battlefield Rd. in the Chickamauga National Battlefield. It marks their location on Sunday, September 20, 1863, from 5 am until 5 p.m.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/9/2012 6:07:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMED40
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
This marker is dedicated to the 79th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry and is in recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. The 79th Illinois Infantry was organized at Mattoon, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on August 28, 1862. It marks their location on Sunday, September 20, 1863, from 5 am until 5 p.m. The commander of the 79th Illinois was Colonel Allen Buckner.

Text on the front of the marker:
79th Infantry
Dodge's Brigade
5 A.M. to 5 P.M. September 20, 1863

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-699(see note)
  LCS ID: 008932

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 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on 9/20/1863.

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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 - 79th 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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Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Not listed

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