Smith’s Brigade Plaque - Chickamauga National Battlefield
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Quick Description: The Smith’s Brigade plaque is located along a wooded path off of Reed's Bridge Road. The plaque describes the action on Sept. 20, 1863 at 6:00 pm.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 1/19/2015 10:48:13 AM
Waymark Code: WMN8HN
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Long Description:
This plaque is dedicated to Smith’s Brigade, commanded by Col. Alfred J. Vaughan, Jr. in recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. The plaque describes the action on Sept. 20, 1863 at 6:00 pm. This is one of three plaques to Smith’s Brigade on the battlefield.

To reach this monument:
From the parking area on Reed’s Bridge Road, follow the path south to the marker.

Text on the plaque reads:
Smith’s Brigade.
Cheatham’s Division. Polk’s Corps.
Col. Alfred J. Vaughan, Jr.
Sept. 20, 1863, 6 P.M.

11th Tennessee, Col. George W. Gordon.
12th and 47th Tennessee, Col. William M. Watkins.
13th and 154th Tennessee, Lieut. Col. R. W. Pitman.
29th Tennessee, Col. Horace Rice.
Dawson’s Sharpshooters, Maj. William Green.
(Battalion) Maj. James Purl.
Scott’s Tennessee Battery, Lieut. A. T. Watson.

Until 2 P.M. the Brigade remained with its Division in reserve a mile and a half Southeast of this position subject to a severe artillery fire killing and wounding several men. About this hour it was ordered to the extreme right and formed on the left and rear of Forrest’s Calvary, near sunset with Strahl’s Brigade on its left the Brigade moved with the general advance of the right wing as a support of Liddell’s Division then engaged in front reaching this position as the enemy retired in bivouacked on this ground.

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-1212.

My Sources
1. Wikipedia - Battle of Chickamauga
2. The Civil War Home - The Chickamauga Campaign - Confederate Order of Battle
3. CWBFM - Smith’s Brigade Tablet

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: Confederate

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Date Installed or Dedicated: Not listed

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