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

Rosecrans’ Headquarters Shell Monument

 
 
Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
1. Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
Inscription.
Field Headquarters.
Army of the Cumberland.
Major General W.S. Rosecrans.
September 20, 1863, 10 A.M., to 11:15 A.M.

 
Erected 1895 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-451.)
 
Location. 34° 54.947′ N, 85° 16.314′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Dyer Road east of Chickamauga-Vittatoe Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along a park walking trail, at the western end of the South Dyer Field. 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. 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry (here, next to this marker); Harker's Brigade (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buell's Brigade (about 500 feet away); Barnes' Brigade (about 800 feet away); 35th Indiana Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 7th Indiana Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mark Thrash (approx. 0.2 miles away); Longstreet's Headquarters Shell Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker.
Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
2. Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
Close-up view of the text on the monument.
According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the marker is, “7'10" square at base and 5' high, the monument consists of a pyramid of cannonballs set in cement & painted black, resting on a molded limestone base. Attached to base is a painted metal plaque identifying the headquarters site."

The National Park Service later added to the description (in 2000) stating, "The cannonballs were originally welded together, and then later laid with cement in the corners of the monument--vandals occasionally try to chip out the balls."

The National Park Service also identifies E. E. Betts as being the engineer who was the designer of this monument.

In locating this monument 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 monument and the monument'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. Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil
 
Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
3. Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
View of the backside of the Shell Monument and of the nearby monument.
Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
4. Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
The view, looking east, that General Rosecrans would have had of the battlefield activity.
Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
5. Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
View, looking south, of the park walking trail that the shell monument is located along.
Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
6. Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
View, looking north, of the park walking trail that the shell monument is located along.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Last updated on October 19, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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