Sunday, December 27, 2009
Florida Troops at the Battle of Chickamauga
The Florida Monument on the Chickamauga battlefield is, I think, one of the most beautiful of the scores of such memorials that dot the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.
Located just south of Chattanooga at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Chickamauga is the site of one of the most overwhelming Confederate victories of the War Between the States. It was also the location where more than 34,000 men were reported killed, wounded or missing in action in two days of fierce fighting.
Florida was strongly represented at the Battle of Chattanooga. A future governor of the state, Francis P. Fleming, was present as an officer in the 1st Florida Cavalry (dismounted). Also present at Chickamauga, in addition to the 1st Cavalry, were the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th Florida Infantries. The Florida troops were heavily engaged against the Union troops on Snodgrass Hill and suffered 555 casualties in the battle.
To learn more about Chickamauga battlefield as it appears today, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/chickamauga.