Medal of Honor Heritage Trail

Medal of Honor Heritage Trail (HM2N7W)

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N 34° 53.007', W 85° 16.031'

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Chickamauga - September - 1863

19th and 20th at
Chickamauga. During the second day's
fighting, General Negley left the field. Colonel
Stanley pushed forward with his brigade until he
found General Thomas who ordered him to
advance in support of
General Beatty with the
First Brigade. Beatty
was struck by by a ball
or piece of shell on the
right shoulder and was
unable to continue. He
turned command over to
Colonel Stroughton, of
the 11th Michigan.

About 4 o'clock,
the Confederates made a
vigorous attack and the Federals found
themselves confronted by heavy force, the
enemy having planted their colors within 100
feet of their breastworks. It was then that
Sergeant William G. Whitney took advantage of
the thick smoke to crawl outside the position at
great exposure to himself to retrieve
ammunition, bringing it back to enable his men
to keep up the fire.

After the war, Sergeant Whitney returned
to Michigan and was later awarded the Medal of
Honor for what he did on Snodgrass Hill that day
in 1863. His citation stated: "As the enemy
were about to charge, this officer went outside
the temporary Federal works among the dead
and wounded enemy and at great exposure to
himself cut off and removed their cartridge
boxes, bringing the same within the Federal
lines, the ammunition being used with good
effect in again repulsing the attack."
HM NumberHM2N7W
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series
Placed ByThe National Medal of Honor Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 4:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 658354 N 3861487
Decimal Degrees34.88345000, -85.26718333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 53.007', W 85° 16.031'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 53' 0.41999999999987" N, 85° 16' 1.8599999999999" W
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