Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battery B, 26th Pennsylvania
— Van Cleve's Division —
4 6 pdrs. 2 James
Beatty's Brigade, Van Cleve's Division, Crittenden's Corps.
September 20, 1863.
Cpt. Alanson J. Stevens, Commanding (Killed).
1st Lieut. Samuel M. McDowell.
2d Lieut. Jacob Ziegler.
2d Lieut. Emanuel F. Shatzer.
About 9 o'clock A.M. the Battery took position in rear of Beatty's Brigade. In a short time it was moved to the left in a line with the 7th Indiana Battery and with it moved forward, following the infantry about 500 yards, when it was ordered 400 yards to the left at a double-quick, and came into this position about 11 o'clock. Orders were given by Major Mendenhall not to fire till the enemy could be seen coming out of the woods. By that time the Battery was receiving a galling fire from the enemy's infantry on the right flank. The Battery fired all the canister it had and was ordered to limber up, but it was too late. Eleven horses of the right section were killed and wounded, and this section was abandoned.
With the help of some infantry the other section succeeded in getting out, thus saving two pieces of the
Erected 1890 by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-1041.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1863.
Location. 34° 55.397′ N, 85° 16.153′ W. Marker is in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Glenn-Kelly Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located on the northwest corner of Dyer Field and is best reached from the hiking trail that runs south off Snodgrass Hill. 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. A different marker also named Battery B, 26th Pennsylvania (a few steps from this marker); 7th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 7th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 3rd Wisconsin Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 3rd Wisconsin Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 26th Ohio Infantry8th Indiana Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named 8th Indiana Battery (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2018, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 105 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2018, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.