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Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Semple's Alabama Battery

Wood's Brigade

 

—Cleburne's Division —

 
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2016
1. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
Inscription.
Semple's Alabama Battery.
4 Napoleons.
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
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2016
2. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
View, looking east along the Brotherton Road, with the cannons situated by the NPS to represent the position of Semple's Alabama Battery seen to the right of the picture.
enemy withdrew and the Division including the Battery bivouacked on this ground for the night.
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); Wood’s Brigade. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1st Ohio Infantry (about 400 feet away); 33rd Ohio Infantry Regiment (about 600 feet away); 15th Ohio Infantry (about 600 feet away); Scribner’s Brigade (about 700 feet away); Howell's Georgia Battery (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map,
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2016
3. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
View of the cannons situated by the NPS to represent the position of Semple's Alabama Battery, along with the featured tablet (on the left), looking north.
that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the marker number for this tablet and the tablet's location in relation to the rest of the park's monuments, markers, and tablets. According to the map it provides the, "numerical listing of all monuments, markers, and tablets on the Chickamauga Battlefield (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2016
4. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
View, taken from the park roadway, of the cannons situated by the NPS to represent the position of Semple's Alabama Battery, along with a backside view of the featured tablet (on the right), while looking south.
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2016
5. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
View, looking west along the Brotherton Road, with the cannons situated by the NPS to represent the position of Semple's Alabama Battery seen to the left of the picture.
6-pounder bronze field gun, Model of 1841, Register #203 image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, March 16, 2011
6. 6-pounder bronze field gun, Model of 1841, Register #203
Note the two bird eggs in the muzzle. The second cannon located next to this one is register #84.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page was last revised on December 29, 2016.
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