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

Semple's Alabama Battery

Wood's Brigade

— Cleburne's Division —

 
 
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
1. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
Inscription.  
Semple's Alabama Battery.
4 Napoleons.
Wood's Brigade, Cleburne's Division, Hill's Corps.
September 20, 1863.

1st Lieutenant Richard W. Goldthwaite,Commanding.
1st Lieutenant E. C. McLelland.
2d Lieutenant C. M. Dowd.

The Battery followed the Brigade in its advance, coming into position about 10 a.m. on the continuation of this ridge south of the Deshler Monument and opened fire which was continued until the Brigade was retired. In this action 6 men were wounded and 2 horses killed. About 4 p.m. the Battery again moved to the front, coming into position on this ground, which was selected by the Chief of Artillery for the purpose of enfilading the enemy's barricades. Training the pieces to the right this Battery and Douglas' opened fire so vigorously that the artillery of the enemy was soon silenced.
About the same time Polk's Brigade charged and carried a position of the enemy's works, he being then in the act of retiring pursuant to orders received prior to this attack. As the infantry gained ground, the fire of the Battery was gradually turned farther
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and farther toward the left to rake the ground over which the enemy was retiring, till ordered by General Cleburne to cease firing. Casualties of the battle: officers wounded 1; men wounded 9; horses killed 4; horses wounded 3.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-1249.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
 
Location. 34° 55.759′ N, 85° 15.174′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Alexander Bridge Road east of Battleline Road, on the right when traveling east. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along one of the park's east to west roadways. 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. Cobb's Kentucky Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Cobb's Kentucky Battery (CSA) (within shouting distance of this marker); Mebane's Tennessee Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mebane's Tennessee Battery (about 400 feet away); 2nd Tennessee Infantry
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
2. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
View of the tablet, looking northwest along a portion of the Alexander Bridge Road.
(about 400 feet away); 5th Indiana Battery (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named 5th Indiana Battery (about 700 feet away); 6th Indiana Infantry (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. In locating this tablet 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).”
 
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
3. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
View of the tablet, looking southeast along a portion of the Alexander Bridge Road.
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
4. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
View looking north of the tablet and associated artillery field pieces, with the Alexander Bridge road in the background.
Semple's Alabama Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
5. Semple's Alabama Battery Marker
View of the tablet and associated artillery field pieces,
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 25, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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