Nearly every monument or marker on Missionary Ridge is located along the road or in someone's yard, the 19th Illinois monument is no exception. Although it is in someone's yard there are steps that take you up to the monument, there is even a small parking spot right in front of the monument, but I am not positive that this is not actually a private parking spot. I never saw anyone parked there so I think it is okay to park there.
The 19th Illinois formed the left of Johnson's division of the 14th Corps. One part of the monument claims to be the first colors on the crest south of Bragg's headquarters. The back of the monument does not qualify that they were the first south of Bragg's headquarters, instead claiming they were first.
The inscription reads:
The first Union flag was placed on the Confederate works by Capt DF Bremner followed by private John Brosnahan of Co. E, bearing the state colors after the following color bearers had been killed or wounded in the order named:
Corp William Patterson Co. E, killed
Serg't George Steel Co. E, wounded
Private John McDonnell Co. K, wounded
Capt DF Bremner Co. E, wounded
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