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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Mebane's Tennessee Battery

Cobb's Artillery Battalion

 

—Breckinridge's Division - Breckinridge's Corps —

 
Mebane's Tennessee Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2010
1. Mebane's Tennessee Battery. Marker
Inscription.
Mebane's Tennessee Battery.
Four 12 Pounder Howitzers.
Capt. Robert Cobb's Artillery Battalion.
Breckinridge's (Bate's) Div. Breckinridge's Corps.
Capt. Jno. W. Mebane, Commanding,
1st Lieut. J. W. Phillips,
2d Lieut. J. C. Grant, 2d Lieut. Luke E. Wright.
Nov.25th, 1863, 4 P. M.

The battery held this position during the assault on the ridge in the line of Bate's (Tyler's) Brigade of Breckinridge's Div., commanded by Gen. Bate, and opened on the enemy's advancing lines about 3.45 P. M., and continued to fire with rapidity and destructive effect till the enemy occupied the crest of the ridge near the crossing of the Bird's Mill Road to the right of this position. The attack having been checked in front by the combined infantry and artillery fire, the battery directed its fire on the enemy on the ridge to the right and used shrapnel and canister freely on the attacking force in that direction until nearly surrounded; it then retired to the second ridge east of this position, where a stand was being made, and took an active part in the fighting there until the line was ordered to retire, about 9 P. M. to Chickamauga Station.
Casualties: men wounded 2; men missing, 1; ammunition chests, 1; horses wounded, 2; ammunition expended, 543 rounds.
 
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Mebane's Tennessee Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2010
2. Mebane's Tennessee Battery. Marker
View of historical marker next to artillery field piece that is pointed straight at the front door of the nearby residence.
Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission.
 
Location. 35° 1.57′ N, 85° 15.569′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on South Crest Road north of East Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. In order to view this historical marker one must find a way to get to the crest of Missionary Ridge. The options to use in ascending Missionary Ridge are limited and difficult to locate if you are not familiar with the area. From downtown Chattanooga, I drove east to Missionary Ridge on Main Street, and using Main Street took me to the top of Missionary Ridge. Once at the top of Missionary Ridge I needed to make a series of three right turns to get on South Crest Street. From there one should travel north on South Crest street for approximately 0.3 miles (I am guessing) and you will find this historical marker, and its accompanying artillery field pieces, on your left. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51 South Crest Road, Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Breckinridge's Division (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bate's Brigade (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); 3rd Ohio Infantry (about
Mebane's Tennessee Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2010
3. Mebane's Tennessee Battery. Marker
View looking west of the historical marker, situated between two artillery field pieces, in front of a residence that sits on the western crest of Missionary Ridge.
700 feet away); 98th Ohio Infantry (about 700 feet away); 108th Ohio Infantry (about 800 feet away); 113th Ohio Infantry (about 800 feet away); 121st Ohio Infantry (about 800 feet away); Ohio at Chickamauga (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Additional comments.
1. One of my favorite historical sites.
Ever since back in the summer of 1982, when I first saw this historical marker, and the two artillery field pieces that accompanied it, I have been jealous of the home owner who is fortunate enough to not only be living on the western crest of Missionary Ridge, in the middle of what was a major Civil War conflict, but who also had the great fortune of having museum pieces sitting right in his front yard. I mean really, how neat is all of that? I have been back to this very spot, a number of different times, over the course of these many years and I have continued to always marvel at what I believe is this home owners good privilege and fortune to be so close and immersed in a wondrous part of our national history.
    — Submitted December 5, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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