Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Semple's Alabama Battery
—Cleburne's Division —
Wood's Brigade, Cleburne's Division, Hill's Corps.
September 19, 1863.
Captain Henry C. Semple, Commanding.
1st Lieutenant Richard W. Goldthwaite.
1st Lieutenant E. C. McLelland.
2d Lieutenant C. M. Dowd.
During the afternoon the Battery with its Division crossed the Chickamauga at Thedford's Ford and soon after sunset formed line of battle, facing west, near the Jay's Mill - Alexander Bridge Road. Moved rapidly forward, passing over Liddell's Division of Walker's Corps in the advance, and attacked five brigades of the enemy who were occupying a position much in front of his main line, from which they were under orders to retire at dark. The attack was delivered about the time this withdrawal began. The firing was heavy from both artillery and infantry, but being guided on both sides by the flash of the guns of the opposing forces, it was more noisy than destructive. Under cover of the darkness the Battery was advanced to within 60 yards of the enemy's line and opened a rapid fire. Major Hotchkiss, the Division Chief of Artillery, was wounded early in the action, his duties devolving upon Captain Semple, who left the command of the Battery to Lieutenant Goldthwaite.
The fighting lasted about an hour, after which the
Casualties: 4 men wounded; several horses killed and wounded.
Erected 1890 by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. (Marker Number MT-1248.)
Location. 34° 55.525′ N, 85° 14.434′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Brotherton Road east of Alexander Bridge Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. This tablet is located within the Chickamauga Battlefield, along the south side of the Brotherton Road. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calvert's Arkansas Battery (here, next to this marker); 38th Indiana Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Ohio Infantry (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scribner’s Brigade (about 700 feet away); Howell's Georgia Battery (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Howell's Georgia Battery (about 700 feet away); 49th Ohio Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 32nd Indiana Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
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