Types of Monuments

CWBFM divides monuments into several types; monument, marker and tablet. This follows the naming convention of the various types of monuments on America’s Civil War Battlefields established by the National Park Service in its structures inventory.

Monuments

Monuments can be a simple block of stone, or a very elaborately carved structure. Monuments are normally made of stone and have information on two or more surfaces.



88th Illinois Infantry Monument
Chickamauga NBP

Battery I
4th US Artillery Monument
Chickamauga NBP



Markers

Markers “mark” the location of a unit at a specific date and time. Normally markers are smaller than monuments and only have text on one face.


Battery B
1st Ohio Light Artillery
Marker
Chickamauga NBP

14 C.V.
Right Flank
Marker
Gettysburg NBP



Plaques

Tablets, also called plaques, historic markers or interpretive markers, can be made of metal, or a weather resistant wood material.



Brannan's Division Plaque 1
Chickamauga NBP

Brannan's Division Plaque 2
Chickamauga NBP

Breakthrough
interpretive marker
Chickamauga NBP

Army Of The Potomac
tablet
Gettysburg NBP



Structures/Battlefield

The topography of a battlefield often played an important role in the outcome of the battle. The structures/battlefields section of CWBFM attempts to capture the various features of the land where the battle was fought, the farm fields, the homes of those that lived there, the hills, a ridge line, bridges, and rivers, all of the natural and manmade features that played a role in the battle.


Brothernton's Field
Chickamauga NBP

Snodgrass' Cabin
Chickamauga NBP


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