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

Water's Alabama Battery.

Major Alfred R. Courtney's Artillery Battalion.

 

—Hindman's (Anderson's) Division, Hardee's Corps. —

 
Water's Alabama Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
1. Water's Alabama Battery. Marker
Inscription.
Water's Alabama Battery.
2 - 6 PDR. Bronze; 3 - 12 PDR. Howitzers.
Major Alfred R. Courtney's Artillery Battalion.
Hindman's (Anderson's) Division, Hardee's Corps.
Lieut. William P. Hamilton, Commanding,
Lieut. C. W. Watkins,
Lieut. George D. Turner.
Nov. 25th 1863, 4 P.M.


The battery held this position during the Union assault of the ridge, and opened with all possible rapidity and continued to fire till the enemy had gained the ridge on the left, and proceeded to roll the thin Confederate line toward the north. Seeing it impossible to check the advance of the victorious column on the ridge, and not being able to depress the guns to inflict serious loss on the rapidly approaching lines in front, the battery, after rolling one gun down the ridge, withdrew the remaining three guns over the ridge in rear, but these were intercepted by the rapid advance of the enemy on the left, and captured on the slope of the ravine east.
Losses 4 guns, some men, caissons, and horses.
 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission.
 
Location. 35° 2.572′ N, 85° 15.263′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga
Water's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
2. Water's Alabama Battery Marker
View of the western end of the pathway through the DeLong Reservation, where the cannons of Water's Battery was located and where the historical marker is located just beyond the ending of the pathway.
, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from North Crest Road south of Brown Wood Drive, on the left when traveling north. 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 three right turns to get on South Crest Street, heading north across the bridge over Interstate 24. Continue north, and just past the Ohio Reservation (when going over the McCallie Avenue Tunnel) South Crest Road turns into North Crest Road. The first road that you then come to is Shallowford Road (another road that can be used to gain access to the crest of Missionary Ridge from the valley below) and the historical marker is somewhat beyond this intersection, on the west side of the road, beyond the Turchin Reservation, in the DeLong Reservation. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 2nd Minnesota (a few steps from this marker); 9th Kentucky Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 31st Ohio Infantry
Water's Alabama Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
3. Water's Alabama Battery. Marker
Another view of the location of Water's Battery and of the historical marker at the western end of the DeLong Reservation pathway.
(within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); 36th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Turchin's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); DeLong Reservation (within shouting distance of this marker); 11th Ohio Infantry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); 89th Ohio Infantry (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Water's Alabama Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
4. Water's Alabama Battery. Marker
View looking east of the backside of the historical marker in the foreground and of the 2nd Minnesota Monument in the background.
DeLong Reservation Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
5. DeLong Reservation Sign
View of the Delong Reservation sign (with a distant view of the 2nd Minnesota Monument in the background) where the historical marker is located.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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