Near Tiftonia in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Wiedrich's New York Battery
—Steinweher's Division —
1st New York Light Artillery
Osborn's - Artillery
Steinweher's - 2nd Division
Howard's - 11th Corps
11th and 12th Corps
Army of the Potomac
November 24, 1863
Front side of Monument, Bottom:
Back side of Monument:
Erected 1899 by the State of New York. (Marker Number MT245-46.)
Location. 35° 1.689′ N, 85° 21.342′ W. Marker is near Tiftonia, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Parker Lane east of Brown's Ferry Click for map. This historical marker was difficult to locate, in fact it has taken me about five years to locate. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, “This monument is located at one of the Park's most remote units... Wauhatchie Site 3. (Parker Road, Lookout Valley/1934 Map 203)." The National Park Service then goes on to say, "This site has no public access," but that's not completely true.
To reach the historical marker one must first locate the street, Parker Lane, which is situated at the first street intersection on Brown's Ferry Road just south of Interstate 24. From Brown's Ferry Road, turn east onto Parker Lane. After driving on Parker Lane for a little over a block the pavement gives way to a rough gravel roadway and bends northward. After a short distance, you leave a commercial area and go into a densely wooded area, where the condition of the unpaved roadway deteriorates.
Just before the roadway reaches Interstate 24 it bends sharply east and then south. It is on the north side of this bend that one can see the Von Steinweher historical monument. Continue heading south beyond this monument. After a short distance you will emerge from the woods into a clearing, with a junction for a service road to your
Overhead you will see a power line that runs west to east across the roadway. To your left you will see what must be a service road for the power lines. If you visually follow follow both the power lines and the service road, you will see that after about a quarter mile both the power lines and the service road climb up a steep ridge and disappear over and beyond the top of the ridge.
This historical marker is on the crest of the ridge, just inside of the woods, to the right of the service road and power lines.
I drove my Toyota mini-van on the service road, that became two continuous ruts through some fairly tall grass, all the way to about the base of the ridge, but from there on I had to walk, because I didn't believe that my mini-van could manage the steepness and poor condition of the roadway, up the slope of the ridge. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37419, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New York Troops - 11th Corps (approx. ¼ mile away); Lookout Creek (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Lookout Mountain (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brown's Ferry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of Wauhatchie Heavy Slashings of Timber (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lookout Mountain (approx. 1.2 miles away); Camp Ross (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tiftonia.
More about this marker. Things have changed a bit since my last trip to the site of this historical marker, back in the summer of 2013. Upon visiting the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Battlefield National Park's Visitor Center, and talking with several members of the National Park's staff I discovered that they were being much more diligent about locking the gate (something that I never experienced in the past whenever I had visited this area of the National Park).
So now one must leave their vehicle by the locked gate and go entirely by foot to the historical marker. It is about a half mile walk, one way, to this particular historical monument. Because the park staff has been locking the gate for some time, and far fewer vehicles have been using the service road, the service road is currently much more overgrown with vegetation.
In preparing for my march to the historical marker, on a hot, 95° day, I made sure that I used my bug spray (I was particularly worried
I followed the main service road in, and about a tenth of a mile in, I noticed the power lines crossing the roadway, overhead. That was my signal to turn left and to use what barely looks like a functional service roadway, and to follow the power lines to the top of a nearby hill (see travel pictures below).
For me, it wasn't so bad until I got to the base of the hill. It was a fairly steep climb and the climb up was no small accomplishment for an overweight 63 year old, with two bad knees that go all the way back to my college football days. However, the toughest part of the hike for me was the climbing back down the steep hill.
Once you have reached the clearing at the top of the hill, you will find the monument in the deep woods immediately to your right. If you don't initially see the monument, just go into the woods and head slightly to your right and you should be able to see the monument within one to two minutes.
While approaching the monument you will notice that the entrenchments on the top of this hill are still clearly visible, and after taking some pictures of the monument you may want to look at some of the nearby earthworks.
According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “6'4" x 4'4" x 11' high, the rock-faced granite monument consists of a peaked-top vertical slab on a base. Missing from front are a shield-shaped bronze plaque and bronze state seal. "NEW YORK" is inscribed below plaque area."
Regarding Wiedrich's New York Battery. Both of the plaques, front and back, from this historical monument, have been stolen, probably by scrapper's. I found the text for this marker by visiting the Battlefield Wanderings Blog, where I found pictures, showing the text, on both the front and back side of the monument. This information apparently came from the New York Monument Commission.
Also see . . . 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 29, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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