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J. A. Smith's Brigade

Cleburne's Division

 
 
J. A. Smith's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. J. A. Smith's Brigade Marker
Inscription.
J. A. Smith's Brigade
Cleburne's Division
Brig. Gen. James A. Smith.
Col. Hiram B. Granbury.

Nov. 25, 1863.
6th and 10th Texas Infantry - Col. Roger Q. Mills.
15th Texas (Dismounted) Cavalry - Col. Roger Q. Mills.
7th Texas - Col. Hiram B. Granbury.
17th, 18th, 24th and 25th Texas Cavalry (Dismounted) - Maj. William A. Taylor.


The Brigade, being the head of Cleburne's Division, arrived on this ground, from a point on the Ridge south of the Shallow Ford Road, at 2:30 P.M., Nov. 24th. It was ordered to move rapidly and occupy what has since been known as Sherman Heights north of this position. The enemy being found in occupation, Gen. Smith established his line in rifle pits extending from this point northerly along the crest of the Ridge. Later, the Brigade was withdrawn and formed around this knoll leaving space at its north point for Swett's Battery, Lieut. H. Shannon commanding, to enfilade the former line. Mill's regiment formed the left facing westward, and Granbury's and Taylor's continued the line eastward from the Battery. The Brigade maintained its lines throughout the desperate fighting of Nov. 25th, repulsing all attacks, losing Gen. Smith and Col. Mills wounded, capturing four battleflags, aiding in the capture of
J. A. Smith's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. J. A. Smith's Brigade Marker
View of the historic marker (marker on far right) and some of the other markers and cannons, at the Confederate positions, at the top of "Tunnel Hill."
several hundred prisoners, and covering the withdrawal at night.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-386A.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Sherman Reservation, and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park: November 25, 1863 marker series.
 
Location. 35° 4.127′ N, 85° 14.421′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from North Crest Road north of Lightfoot Mill Road. Touch 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. Swett's Mississippi Battery (here, next to this marker); Cumming's Brigade (here, next to this marker); Confederate Casualties (a few steps from this marker); Calvert's Arkansas Battery (a few steps from this marker); Union Casualties (a few steps from this marker); Maney's Brigade (a few steps from this
J. A. Smith's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
3. J. A. Smith's Brigade Marker
View of the historic marker, on the northern crest of "Tunnel Hill," looking north, down the ravine and in the direction of the Union positions on the "Sherman Heights."
marker); Lewis' Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 93rd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map 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
 
J. A. Smith's Brigade Position image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
4. J. A. Smith's Brigade Position
View from the Smith's Brigade position on the crest of "Tunnel Hill," looking north across the ravine towards the Union positions on the slopes of the "Sherman Heights.
View of Union Positions image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
5. View of Union Positions
A closer view of the Union positions below the crest of Tunnel Hill where Smith's Brigade was located..
J. A. Smith's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
6. J. A. Smith's Brigade Marker
View looking south, up the slope of Tunnel Hill, at the location of Smith's Brigade on the crest of the hill. The historic marker can be seen just behind the left cannon.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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