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

E. H. Phelps Memorial Monument

 
 
Col. E. H. Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
1. Col. E. H. Phelps Marker
Inscription.
Col. E. H. Phelps
Mortally Wounded
Near This Spot
About 5.20 P.M.
November 25th
1863.

 
Erected 1908 by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-125.)
 
Location. 35° 2.995′ N, 85° 15.138′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on North Crest Road north of Crest Terrace Drive. Click for map. According to the National Park Service, "Monument is located on Missionary Ridge at 312 North Crest Road, Map Site #77.". Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 North Crest Road, Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jackson's Brigade. (here, next to this marker); 14th Ohio Infantry. (a few steps from this marker); 38th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Phelps' Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Cheatham's Division. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCants' Florida Battery. (about 600 feet away); Cheatham's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Hindman's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker.
Col. E. H. Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
2. Col. E. H. Phelps Marker
According to the description provided by the National Park Service, this monument is, "3' x 3' x 8', the monument consists of a bronze cannon tube mounted vertically on a circular granite pedestal. Attached to pedestal is a bronze shield-shaped inscription tablet. Atop cannon tube is a cast-iron cannonball."
 
Also see . . .
1. Edward H. Phelps. This is a link to information provided by OhioCivilWar.org (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Edward Phelps. This is a link to information provided by OhioCivilWar.org. (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. National Park Service List of Classified Structures. This is a link to information provided by the national park service regarding this particular monument. (Submitted on August 23, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Col. E. H. Phelps
After visiting Missionary Ridge and photographing the Col. E. H. Phelps marker, I noticed that before being given a brigade to command, that Col. E. H. Phelps was the commander of the 38th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (O.V.I.). That got my curiosity going and I did some research and discovered that the 38th O.V.I. came from the Defiance, Ohio area, which is located in northwest Ohio, just a couple of counties away, along US 24, from where I live, in Toledo, Ohio.


Then I discovered something else that
Col. E. H. Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
3. Col. E. H. Phelps Marker
View of the historical marker looking south on North Crest Road.
really shocked me, I discovered that the officer who was killed during the charge up on Missionary Ridge, who had the monument erected in his honor near the spot where he was mortally wounded, that he was buried in Toledo, Ohio.


So now I must confess that I am embarrassed that I was so ignorant of who this gallant hero from northwest Ohio was and that I had no idea that he was buried right here in my hometown. When I finally did find his grave I was even more embarrassed because his gravestone has been long neglected and seemingly forgotten. I found it ironic that Col. E. H. Phelps' memory was better honored and preserved in Chattanooga, Tennessee than it is here in Toledo, Ohio.


Although the text on the stone is very weathered and difficult to read, I could read part of the inscription, on one side of the gravestone. It read as follows:


Erected

To the Memory of

Col. Edward H.

Phelps

By the members of the

Regt. 38th Ohio Vol. Inf.



Now the fact that he was buried in Toledo by members of the 38th O.V.I. raises another question for me. Why would a resident of Defiance, Ohio (I checked the 1860 U.S. census and found Edward H. Phelps living in Defiance, seemingly a community leader) be buried here in Toledo, rather than in Defiance, Ohio?


In going back
Col. E. H. Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
4. Col. E. H. Phelps Marker
View of the historical marker looking north on North Crest Road.
through the copies of the local newspaper, the Toledo Blade, from the time when reports of Col. E. H. Phelps' death at Missionary Ridge were first reported, right up to the arrival of his body in town and reports of the events surrounding his burial were published, there is no explanation provided as to why he was buried in Toledo, as opposed to his hometown of Defiance, Ohio.


So if anyone reading this might have the answer to this question of interest (well it is of interest to me), please don't hesitate to contact me.
    — Submitted May 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Col. E. H. Phelps Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2011
5. Col. E. H. Phelps Gravestone
View of Col. E. H. Phelps gravestone, which is located in Toledo, Ohio, in the Forest Cemetery, 41 36.877'N, 08338.015'W.
Col. E. H. Phelps Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2011
6. Col. E. H. Phelps Gravestone
Close-up view of the weather worn text on one side of the Col. E. H. Phelps gravestone.
Col. E. H. Phelps Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2011
7. Col. E. H. Phelps Gravestone
Close-up view of the weather worn text on another side of the Col. E. H. Phelps gravestone, although some of this text is still readable.
Col. E. H. Phelps Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2011
8. Col. E. H. Phelps Gravestone
Another, more distant, view of Col. E. H. Phelps gravestone, which is located in Toledo, Ohio, in the Forest Cemetery, 41 36.877'N, 08338.015'W.
 
 
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