Negley’s Division Tablet - Chickamauga National Battlefield
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Quick Description: The Negley’s Division tablet is located on Snodgrass Hill on Vittetoe Road in the Chickamauga National Battlefield. The plaque describes the action on Sept. 20, 1863, afternoon.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/23/2015 2:45:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMNYAX
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Long Description:
This plaque is dedicated to Negley’s Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. James S. Negley in recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. The plaque describes the action on the afternoon of Sept. 20, 1863. This is one of five monuments to Negley’s Division on the battlefield.

Text on the first plaque reads:
Negley’s Division, Thomas’ Corps.
Maj. Gen. James S. Negley.
Sept. 20, 1863, Noon

1st Brigade, Brig. Gen. John Beatty.
2nd Brigade, Col. Timothy R. Stanley.
Col. W. L. Stoughton.
3rd Brigade, Col. William Sirwell.

While General Negley with the brigades of Beatty in Stanley was engaged on the Lafayette road at and the near the north end of the Kelly field he was ordered by Gen. Thomas to take charge of all the artillery at hand and mass it on the high ground in rear of the left of the line to resist its being turned. In the execution of this order he collected and posted several batteries on Snodgrass Hill which opened fire with marked effect upon the Confederates then operating in the McDonald field.


Text on the second plaque reads:

At 11 A.M. the Union line was broken and Brothertons and the troops next north of the gap forced in disorder some from the field and some to Snodgrass Hill where they were rallied and formed on the crest of the hill and ridge facing south and southeast. Sirwell’s brigade was the first infantry to arrive thus giving Gen. Negley support for his batteries. Stanley’s brigade arrived soon afterwards and formed on Sirwell’s right. Beatty’s brigade had become scattered as a result of the earlier fighting. Its commander accompanied Stanley to Snodgrass Hill and rendered efficient service there until the close of the day. Meanwhile other troops arrived and were rallied on Negley’s right and in his rear by Gen. Brannan. With Sirwell’s brigade in his artillery Negley undertook to extend Brannan’s line along the crest toward the west but when his extension was about half completed he decided that to save his artillery he must withdraw at once from the field. He was moved to this decision by the sight of the stream of fugitives which he could not arrest by close proximity to the enemy by the smallness of his own force and by reports that both his flanks were being turned. He accordingly withdrew with a part of his infantry and artillery towards Rossville leaving Stanley’s brigade the 21st Ohio of Sirwell’s and one battery with Brannan. Casualties Sept. 19th and 20th killed 66 wounded 430 missing 295 total 791.

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-513.

My Sources
1. Wikipedia - Battle of Chickamauga
2. The Civil War Home - The Chickamauga Campaign - Union Order of Battle
3. CWBFM - Negley’s Division

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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