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

Swett's Mississippi Battery

Maj. T. R. Hotchkiss’ Artillery Battalion.

 

—Cleburne's Division. —

 
Swett's Mississippi Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. Swett's Mississippi Battery Marker
Inscription.
Swett's Mississippi Battery
Four 12-pdr. Napoleons.
Maj. T. R. Hotchkiss' Artillery Battalion.
Cleburne's Division.

Nov. 25th, 1863.
1st Lieut. H. Shannon, Commanding (Wounded).
<1st Lieut. Joseph Ashton, (Mortally Wounded).
2nd Lieut. H. N. Steele.
Corporal F. M. Williams.


The battery, excepting two guns sent to report to Colonel Govan about noon, occupied this position during the days action. It was repeatedly charged, the enemy once penetrating to within fifty steps of the guns. The artillerymen maintained their position and used canister at short range. Lieut. H. Shannon, commanding, was wounded. The command devolved on Lieut. Joseph Ashton; in a few minutes he was mortally wounded. The command then fell on Corporal F. M. Williams. So many non-commissioned officers and men had been killed and disabled in the battery that a detail from the infantry was required to work the guns. Casualties not reported.
 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number 414.)
 
Location. 35° 4.125′ N, 85° 14.42′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Swett's Mississippi Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. Swett's Mississippi Battery Marker
View of the historic marker (marker in the middle) and some of the other markers and cannons, at the Confederate positions, at the top of "Tunnel Hill."
, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from North Crest Road north of Lightfoot Mill Road. Click for map. This historic marker is located in the Sherman Reservation, up on the top of the hill called "Tunnel Hill". 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. Cumming's Brigade (here, next to this marker); J. A. Smith's Brigade (here, next to this marker); Confederate Casualties (a few steps from this marker); Union Casualties (a few steps from this marker); Calvert's Arkansas Battery (a few steps from this marker); Maney's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Lewis' Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 93rd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. Because of its location in the Sherman Reservation it cannot be reached by car and can only be reached by foot. I would suggest parking your car in the provided parking area on Lightfoot Mill Road and then walking north on the Sherman Reservation footpath that begins near the corner of North Crest Road and Lightfoot Mill Road. The path goes up the slope of the hill, through a wooded area, and emerges on a hill top clearing, where the historic marker is located.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Swett's Mississippi Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
3. Swett's Mississippi Battery Marker
Swett's Mississippi Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
4. Swett's Mississippi Battery Marker
View looking west of the historic marker (the marker on the right).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 281 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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