Battery C, First Illinois Light Artillery Plaque - Chickamauga National Battlefield
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Quick Description: This plaque to Battery C, 1st Illinois Light Artillery is located at the eadge of the woods on the SW portion of Dyer’s Field. This blue plaque describers the actions of the battery on Sunday Sept. 20, 1863.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2012 11:00:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMEFC0
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
This plaque 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. This blue plaque describers the actions of the battery on Sunday Sept. 20, 1863. The commander of the battery was Captain Mark H. Prescott.

View from the marker of Dyer’s Field.


Battery C, 1st Illinois Light Artillery.
4 3” Rifles, 2 12 PDR. Howitzer
Bradley’s Brigade, Sheridan’s Division, McCook’s Corps.
September 20, 1863

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

   Before daylight retired with its brigade from the Viniard Line to the
ridge west of Widow Glenn’s. About 10:30 AM moved rapidly to this ground
and came into battery in rear of Gen. Davis Division then advancing to the
attack. Gen. Davis line at this time was compelled to give way by the fierce
assaults of the enemy, and Col. Laiboldt’s Brigade charged to the front,
leaving the battery without orders. The battery fired 8 or 10 rounds, when
the line in front was so badly broken and the men were coming through
the battery in such a confused mass, that it was impossible to fire. The
battery was retired to the next hill in the rear of this position. When the
crest of the hill was reached the guns were brought into battery and fired
6 or 8 rounds. Having no support and the enemy approaching, the battery
retired through McFarland's Gap and rejoined the division at Rossville, where
it bivouacked for the night. Casualties: 4 men wounded; lost 12 horses, 2
3 inch guns, 1 howitzer, 3 limbers, 1 caisson

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-659(see note)

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.

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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