Below is a picture of one of the more important markers on the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
It doesn’t look that important, but it and several others of its kind tell us a great deal about the battle. Some of you, I am sure, recognize this stone (at least the type) right away.
Robert and Brad pegged it – this is a field corner marker, and Brad also nailed the location – Winfrey Field near the Baldwin Mortuary Shell Pyramid.
These field corner markers were placed soon after the park was formed, in order to permanenty record the shape and size of the fields. They are important pieces in defining the physical space of the battlefield, and knowing what the historical fields should have looked like is very helpful in understanding many accounts from participants. A number of them have been lost over the years, but there are still several around. On almost every tour, someone asks what they are.