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   US 18th Plaque Re-dedication  
Friday, November 18 2011 @ 12:44 PM EST
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ParkBronze plaque honoring the valor of the US 18th Infantry at Battle of Missionary Ridge to be re-dedicated on Sunday, November 20, at 3 pm. An honor guard of the active duty US 18th will participate in commemorative event.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Friends of the Park are pleased to announce the replacement and re-dedication of the US 18th Infantry plaque at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 20, at Bragg Reservation on Missionary Ridge. Beginning service in the American Civil War, the US 18th Infantry is still on active duty, today serving in Afghanistan. The commemoration will include a military delegation from the US 18th Infantry honoring their brother soldiers that fought throughout the Chattanooga area in the fall of 1863.

Organized by order of President Abraham Lincoln on May 4, 1861, the US 18th Infantry served under Division Commander General George H. Thomas through the Campaign for Chattanooga. Protecting our nation for 150 years, the US 18th will be recognized as the historic interpretive tablet describing their valiant actions during the Battle for Chattanooga unveiled on Missionary Ridge. Arriving in the Chattanooga area in the late summer of 1863, the US 18th was active in the Battle of Chickamauga before participating in the November 25, 1863 Battle of Missionary Ridge where they successfully assaulted the Ridge and overtook the Confederate forces on top. During the assault, only one man was lost and twenty-eight were wounded.

Long missing from Missionary Ridge, a new tablet was recast through the efforts of a local citizenís donation to the Friends of the Parkís Jewell Restoration Fund. Established in the Fall of 2010, the Jewell Restoration Fund accepts donations for preservation and restoration efforts of monuments and landscapes throughout the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Donations to the Jewell Restoration fund help support the National Park Service in caring for the 9100 acres of historic landscapes and hundreds of monuments.   


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