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Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Smith's Brigade

Cheatham's Division

 

—Polk's Corps —

 
Smith's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 10, 2016
1. Smith's Brigade Marker
Inscription.
Smith's Brigade.
Cheatham's Division - Polk's Corps.
Brigadier General Preston Smith.
Colonel Alfred J. Vaughn, Jr.

September 19, 1863. 6:30 P.M., 3d Position
11th Tennessee - Colonel George W. Gordon.
12th Tennessee - Colonel William M. Watkins.
47th Tennessee - Colonel William M. Watkins.
13th Tennessee - Colonel A.J. Vaughn, Jr. / Lieutenant Colonel R.W. Pitman.
154th Tennessee - Colonel A.J. Vaughn, Jr. / Lieutenant Colonel R.W. Pitman.
29th Tennessee - Colonel Horace Rice.
Dawson's Sharpshooters Battalion - Major William Green / Major James Purl.
Scott's (Tennessee) Battery - Lieutenant A.T. Watson.

At dusk this Brigade was ordered forward as a support to Deshler's Brigade of Cleburne's Division in a night attack upon Johnson's Division. Just before reaching this position Deshler's Brigade moved to its left to encompass the right flank of Johnson's line. This movement was not known to General Smith, who, riding with his staff in advance of his line, came upon Dodge's Brigade in the darkness, and was killed, together with two members of his staff, Captain J.S. Donelson, his Acting Adjutant General, and Captain Thomas H. King, a volunteer aide. In this movement Smith's and Deshler's Brigades
Smith's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 10, 2016
2. Smith's Brigade Marker
View of the Smith Brigade Tablet situated in front of the mortuary monument (background), which in turn is situated in front of the 77th Pennsylvania Monument (distant background).
captured nearly all of the 77th Pennsylvania and about half of the 79th Illinois of Dodge's Brigade. The engagement lasted for an hour after dark.
 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-1211.)
 
Location. 34° 55.277′ N, 85° 14.62′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Alexanders Bridge Road east of Brotherton Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This monument is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield. The monument is located along a park hiking trail that runs through a section of park land, off the southwest corner of the intersection of Alexanders Bridge Road and Brotherton Road. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preston Smith's Mortuary Monument (a few steps from this marker); 77th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Dodge's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 79th Illinois Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 30th Indiana Infantry
Smith's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 10, 2016
3. Smith's Brigade Marker
View of the backside of the tablet, situated in an off-trail clearing, at the edge of a dense woods.
(about 400 feet away); Huggins' Tennessee Battery (about 500 feet away); Johnson's Division (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Huggin's Tennessee Battery (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the marker number for this tablet and the tablet's location in relation to the rest of the park's monuments, markers, and tablets. According to the map it provides the, "numerical listing of all monuments, markers, and tablets on the Chickamauga Battlefield (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Smith's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 10, 2016
4. Smith's Brigade Marker
A distant view of the backside of the Smith Brigade Tablet situated behind the mortuary monument (background), which in turn is situated behind the 77th Pennsylvania Monument (foreground).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on September 13, 2016.
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