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

Point in the Line of Fort Sherman

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington
1. Point in the Line of Fort Sherman Marker
Inscription.  
Point in the line of Fort Sherman,
The Chief Work of the Inner Line,
which comprised the entire line
from Battery Bushnell
to Signal Hill.


(Marker Number MT-46.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 35° 3.201′ N, 85° 18.207′ W. Marker was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker was on Battery Place west of Mabel Street, on the left when traveling west. The former site of this tablet is near the present day end of Battery Place, on the south side of the street. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 508½ Battery Place, Chattanooga TN 37403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Harry Scott Probasco Family (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Bragg's Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Headquarters of Brigadier General George D. Wagner (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Point in the Line of Fort Sherman (approx. 0.2 miles
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By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
2. Point in the Line of Fort Sherman Marker
View of the property lot area where the address 508½ Battery Place would have once been located, where this tablet was once situated.
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away); Swaim's Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Battery Smartt (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Point in the Line of Fort Sherman (approx. ¼ mile away); Chattanooga's First School (approx. ¼ 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 tablet on a post at 508½ Battery Place." It would appear that whatever structures, that were once situated on the south side of the Battery Place roadway, had been cleared away to make way for the present day Riverfront Parkway.
 
Regarding Point in the Line of Fort Sherman. 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
Point in the Line of Fort Sherman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
3. Point in the Line of Fort Sherman Marker
View, looking east along the Battery Place roadway, from the area where this tablet was once situated.
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 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.
 
Point in the Line of Fort Sherman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2018
4. Point in the Line of Fort Sherman Marker
View, looking west along the Battery Place roadway, from near the area where this tablet was once situated.
Point in the Line of Fort Sherman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2017
5. Point in the Line of Fort Sherman Marker
View of page 46 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.
6. 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 27, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 27, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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