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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Center of Fort Phelps

 
 
Center of Fort Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington
1. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
Inscription.  
Center of Fort Phelps
(Negley)
Southern Salient
of Outer Line
Begun by Confederates
as Fort Cheatham
4 - 20 Pounders
8 - 10 Pounders
6 Napoleons

(Marker Number MT-60.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 35° 2.081′ N, 85° 18.382′ W. Marker was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker was on Mitchell Street south of East 16th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1600 Mitchell Street, Chattanooga TN 37408, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Chattanooga Choo-Choo (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Chattanooga Choo-Choo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedication of Rose Garden to all Veterans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chattanooga's Railroads (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chattanooga, a City of Historical Significance (approx. 0.2 miles away); Military History of Chattanooga
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By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
2. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
According to the "List of Classified Structures" this tablet was located at 1600 Mitchell Street, and this is a picture of the house at that address.
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Terminal Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); A point in the 2D Line of Works (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the marker is a, “Cast iron tablet on a long post at 1600 Mitchell Street."
 
Regarding Center of Fort Phelps. With much help from Suzette Raney of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Chattanooga Public Library, I have been able to put together some background information on these bronze and/or iron, Civil War related, tablets placed throughout the city of Chattanooga.

According to a newspaper article published in the Chattanooga Times on, December 1, 1893, there was a committee appointed from the chamber of commerce to identify historical points in connection with the occupancy of Chattanooga by federal and Confederate troops. These points were to later be marked by a bronze tablet bearing a description of the event which transpired at that point. According to a Battlefield Guide, published in 1897 by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, “For the 20th reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, September 18-20, 1889, the publisher of the Guide compiled the following list of historical points, which list, has since been revised and bronze tablets placed on or near the
Center of Fort Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
3. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
View, looking north along Mitchell Avenue, at the area where this tablet was once situated.
sites by the Government.” So it would appear that it was sometime between late 1893 and 1897 that these tablets were erected, by the government.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A list of the tablets placed throughout the city of Chattanooga, in the mid-1890s, that identify historical points in connection with the occupancy of Chattanooga by Federal and Confederate troops.
 
Center of Fort Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
4. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
View, looking south along Mitchell Avenue, at the area where this tablet was once situated.
Center of Fort Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
5. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
According to the "List of Classified Structures" this marker was a "cast iron tablet on a long post at 1600 Mitchell Street", which is seen in this picture.
Center of Fort Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2017
6. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
View of page 60 from the National Park Service’s record book on the Chattanooga - Chickamauga ”MT-numbered” listings of classified structures, which is kept in the Chickamauga Battlefield Park's Visitor Center.
Tablet Related Newspaper Article image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library.
7. Tablet Related Newspaper Article
View of a tablet related newspaper article published in the Chattanooga Times on, December 1, 1893.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 25, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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