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First Firing on Chickamauga Battlefield

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
1. First Firing on Chickamauga Battlefield Marker
Inscription. About 2 o'clock A.M., Sept. 11, 1863, Capt.John J. McCook of Gen. Crittenden's staff, left Chattanooga with an escort bearing important orders from the Commanding General to his Corps Commander, who had left at 1 o'clock to join his divisions near Ringgold. Misled by the guide, Gen. Crittenden had continued on the Lafayette Road. Capt. McCook was informed of this at Rossville by a member of the escort, and being concerned for his Commander's safety hurried on to overtake him. In the darkness and mist of the morning, he was fired on when at this position about 4 o'clock A.M. by an outpost of Forrest's cavalry. Two of the escort who had left the road on the opposite or west side, supposing they had been fired on by troops of their own corps, advanced and were captured. Capt. McCook and one orderly, hearing the surrender, escaped and reported to Gen. Crittenden, whom they found had joined his Corps by an intermediate route, or cross road. This was the first point of contact or collision on the Chickamauga battlefield, now included in the Park limits.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-473.)
 
Location. 34° 57.171′ N, 85° 15.599′ W. Marker is
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By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
2. First Firing on Chickamauga Battlefield Marker
View of the historic marker looking north along Old Lafayette Road.
in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Old Lafayette Road north of Gilbert Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This historic marker is located where the Old Lafayette Road crosses a creek, and where this road runs just west and parallel to the new Lafayette Road for two blocks, and just south of Battlefield Parkway (State Route 2). 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. Forrest's Pursuit (a few steps from this marker); Reserve Corps (a few steps from this marker); Forrest's (Cavalry) Corps. (a few steps from this marker); 1st Georgia Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); 6th Georgia Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Confederate Georgia Cavalry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Armstrong's Brigade. (about 300 feet away); Hospitals, Left Wing, Union Army. (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. (Submitted on February 3, 2014.)
2. Battle of Chickamauga. (Submitted on January 31, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
3. Battle Of Chickamauga Summary. History.Net (Submitted on January 31, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

4. Battle of Chickamauga
First Firing on Chickamauga Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
3. First Firing on Chickamauga Battlefield Marker
View of the historic marker situated on the east side of the Old Lafayette Road, where the road crosses the creek.
. The Civil War in Georgia as told by its historic markers. (Submitted on January 31, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
First Firing on Chickamauga Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 19, 2012
4. First Firing on Chickamauga Battlefield Marker
View of the historic marker looking south along Old Lafayette Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 562 times since then and 64 times this year. Last updated on December 29, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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