18th Ohio Descendants at Chickamauga
September 18-21, 2013
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(Photo by John Guider)
Like a strong storm, the descendants of the 18th Ohio descended on Chattanooga and the Battlefield of Chickamauga for three days of non stop activities. Scott Diezman and Glenn Davis acted as tour guides for the trip. Several descendants signed up early on. We were lucky enough to meet up with several more families. Now, we can add to our list of people wanting to know more about the travels and experiences of our ancestors.
|While away from their companies, Corporal Huggins and Pvt. Wade met up with General John Basil Turchin and his lovely wife, Nadine. Mdme Turchin was as gracious as ever and welcomed us back even though we are now in Negley's Division. The General does not appear to have suffered from his harsh treatment at the hands of General Don Carlos Buell.|
|On Friday night, our group took time out to go to Golden Corral for dinner. Joining our group was 21st Ohio Reenactor and noted archival researcher, Brad Quinlan. Brad took time out of his schedule of book signing at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor's Center to share a meal and offer his books at a very good price. He also took the time to sign each copy. Members of this group are: (from left to right) (standing) Scott Diezman and Glenn Davis. (sitting) Mark Koker, Brad Quinlan, Jim Bohannan, Jim's grandson, Matthew, and Jim's wife, Susan.|
|Our group tour of the battlefield started off at Crawfish Springs, which is across the street from the Gordon-Lee Mansion. The Gordon-Lee Mansion was Rosecranz' headquarters at the start of the Battle of Chickamauga and later was used as the hospital for the Union wounded. Scott Diezman presented the colors of the 18th Ohio to the group. Notice the raingear and umbrellas providing shelter for our group. Glenn Davis was in charge of the weather. He predicted that the rain would not be a major factor. Upon saying that, it started to rain by the bucket fulls. The more optimistic he became, the more it rained. Luckily for the group, he started to predict gloom and doom, therefore the rain slackened and quit by noon.|
|On the top of Snodrass Hill stands a monument to the valor of the 18th Ohio. It was here that our regiment performed its most valuable service to the Union. While the rest of the Union Army was being driven from the field, General Thomas gathered what commands were still able to fight. Here on this spot, the 18th along with the rest of Stanley's brigade, including the 19th Illinois and 11th Michigan, were to fend off attack after attack. General Thomas' behavior on this day earned him the nickname, "Rock of Chickamauga." The 18th Ohio made a valiant charge which succeeded in pushing off the wave of Confederate troops which had reached the summit. After dark, the Union Army quietly slipped off to Rossville, where it could continue the struggle. In recognition of this charge, we "captured" a Confederate sergeant and made him get in the photo with us.|