Bridges' Illinois Battery (USA) Plaque

Sept. 20, 1863

Battle of Chickamauga

Bridges' Illinois Battery (USA) Plaque, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2011/02/23 13:40:10
1. Bridges' Illinois Battery (USA) Plaque

Bridges' Battery, Illinois Light Artillery.
2 Napoleons, 4 3" Rifles.
Beatty's Brigade, Negley's Division, Thomas' Corps.

September 20, 1863.
Captain Lyman Bridges, Commanding.
1st Lieutenant William Bishop (killed).
1st Lieutenant Morris D. Temple.
2d Lieutenant Lyman A. White.
2d Lieutenant Franklin Seborn.

On September 19th 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 bivouacked. 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 caisson, three limbers and 22 horses disabled. Lieutenants Temple and Seborn, with four guns, then reported to General Negley on Snodgrass Hill where they were soon afterwards joined by the Captain, who with the help of an infantry detachment, had hauled off four guns, abandoned by other batteries. The Battery retired soon after noon under General 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.

Bridges' Illinois Battery (USA) Plaque, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2011/02/23 13:39:44
2. Bridges' Illinois Battery (USA) Plaque
Looking NE toward the plaque. 

Distinguishing numbers/markings on the plaque:
(UR) U

Location of the monument:
This monument is visible from the road. It is located at N 34° 56.1911  W 85° 15.6139. Map it

Parking is available on Alexander Bridge Road near  N 34° 56.1497  W 85° 15.5818 .
Parking is available on the west side of the Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road

Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Chickamauga Battlefield.

There are 15 monuments nearby.

Bridge's Illinois Battery-Light Art. Monument (MT-657) (about 219 feet away) ; Reynold's Division Tablet (MT-524) (about 233 feet away) ; Helm's Brigade Plaque (MT-1164) (about 280 feet away) ; Kentucky State Monument (MT-860A) (about 324 feet away) ; Slocomb’s Louisiana Battery Plaque (MT-1329) (about 372 feet away) ; To Union Left Sign (MT-860A) (about 377 feet away) ; Stovall’s Brigade Tablet (MT-1215) (about 448 feet away) ; Negley's Division (USA) (MT-512) (about 451 feet away) ; 88th Indiana Infantry Regiment Marker (MT-852) (about 507 feet away) ; J. Beatty's Brigade Tablet (MT-546) (approx. 0.1 miles away) ; 42nd Indiana Infantry Regiment Marker (MT-808) (approx. 0.1 miles away) ; Florida State Monument (MT-1253) (approx. 0.1 miles away) ; Withdrawal of the Union Left Tablet (MT-425) (approx. 0.1 miles away) ; Liddell's Brigade (CSA) (MT-1190) (approx. 0.1 miles away) ; 104th Illinois Infantry Monument (MT-720) (approx. 0.1 miles away) . Map all of the Monuments on the battlefield.

Distinctive geographic/terrain features at the markers location:
Farm Field

This monument is recorded in the National Park Service database as structure MT-656.

Comments about this monument:
This plaque is blue indicating that it describes the actions of a Federal Unit.

Bridges' Illinois Battery (USA) Plaque, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2011/02/23 13:40:17
3. Bridges' Illinois Battery (USA) Plaque
View NW, the Florida monument is visible in the distance. 

Allegiance: Union
Type: Tablet (plaque)
Level: Company/Battery
Military Arm: Artillery


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