Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hill's Headquarters Shell Monument
— Lieutenant General Daniel H. Hill —
Lieutenant General Daniel H. Hill
September 20, 1863. Afternoon
Erected 1895 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-484.)
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
Location. 34° 55.942′ N, 85° 15.073′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Alexander Bridge Road and Battleline Road, on the left when traveling south. This shell monument is located along a network of park trails, that has a trailhead leading into the woods, just east of the street intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hill's Corps (a few steps from this marker); Douglas' Texas Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Douglas' Texas Battery (about 400 feet away); Right Wing - Army of Tennessee Polk's Corps (about 500 feet away); Calvert's Arkansas Battery (about 500 feet away); Polk's Headquarters Shell Monument (about 600 feet away); Croxton's Brigade (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this monument. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the shell monument is, “6'2" 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 goes on to state that, "shell pyramid constructed of cannonballs 7 wide, 7 deep, and 7 layers high."
This shell monument is located in the woods, in a partial clearing, just off of a main park trail, that is a significant walk from the street intersection. According to the National Park Service, it is located, "about ¼ mile east of Tour Stop #2."
The National Park Service also identifies E. E. Betts as being the engineer who was the designer of this monument.
In locating this shell 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 shell monument and the shell 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).”
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.