Bridge's Illinois Battery-Light Art. Plaque - Chickamauga National Battlefield
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Quick Description: The Bridge's Illinois Battery Light Artillery Plaque is located on the east side of La Fayette Rd (US 27), Chickamauga National Battlefield near the visitors center.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 6:23:34 AM
Waymark Code: WMEFX0
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
This plaque is dedicated to Bridge's Illinois Battery Light Artillery and is in recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. It marks their location on Sunday, September 20, 1863 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. The commander of the battery was Captain Lyman Bridges.


Bridges’ Battery, Illinois Light Artillery
2 Napoleons, 4 3” Riffles
Beatty’s Brigade, Negley’s Division, Thomas’ Corps.
September 20, 1863

Capt. Lyman Bridges, Commanding.
1st Lieut. William Bishop (Killed).
1st Lieut. Morris D. Temple.
2d Lieut. Lyman A. White.
2d Lieut. Franklin Seborn.

   On September 19 this battery was engaged for several hours with the
enemy's artillery at Glass’ Mill. Later moved with the brigade via Crawfish
Spring to the Dyer field and bivouac. On the 20th at 8 A.M. reached
this position from which about 9:30 A.M. it opened fire upon the enemy then
appearing in the woods and open field some 400 yards to the northeast.

After a fight, brief but desperate, the battery being attacked in front
and flank, it was obliged to retire with the loss of two guns, one cassion,
three limbers and 22 horses disabled. Lieuts. Temple and Seaborn, with four
guns, then reported to Gen. Negley on Snodgrass Hill where they were
soon afterwards joining by the captain, who, with the help of an infantry
detachment, had hauled off for guns, abandoned by other batteries. The
battery retired soon after noon under Gen. Negley's orders to Rossville,
where it bivouacked. Total casualties: killed; 1 officer, 5 enlisted men;
wounded, 16 enlisted men; missing, 4 enlisted men. Lost: 2 guns, 1 caisson, 3
limbers. Horses killed 46.

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-656(see note)

My Sources
2. Wikipedia - Battle of Chickamauga
3. The Civil War Home - The Chickamauga Campaign - Union Order of Battle

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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