Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Preston’s Division – Buckner’s Corps
Preston’s Division – Buckner’s Corps.
Brig. Gen. Archibald Gracie, Jr.
Sept. 19, to noon of 20th, 1st position.
43d Alabama – Col. Young M. Moody.
1st Alabama Battalion – Lieut. Col. John H. Holt.
2D Alabama Battalion – Lieut. Col. Bolling Hall, Jr.
3D Alabama Battalion – Lieut. Col. John W. A. Sanford.
4th Alabama Battalion – Maj. John D. McLennan.
63 Tennessee – Lieut. Col. Abraham Fulkerson.
Jeffress’ (Virginia) Battery Capt. William C. Jeffress.
Early on the morning of Sept 19th the brigade was formed on this crest on the left of the general line of battle then being organized for an attack on the enemy’s left at Lee and Gordon’s. It was at once exposed to artillery fire from the Union front. When the battle opened unexpectedly to the right and rear, the brigade was left in this position and remained here until noon Sept. 20th when it was moved to the Brotherton’s house, where the division formed line across the Chattanooga Road facing north.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1863.
Location. 34° 53.815′ N, 85° 15.078′ W. Marker is in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Viniard Road, half a mile east of LaFayette Road, on the right when traveling east. Parking is available in a gravel lot on the south side of Viniard Road (N 34 54.091 W 85 15.105). From the parking area on Viniard Road follow the un-paved park road (no vehicular traffic allowed) that starts at the parking area, south to the marker. The path will fork, take the right (east) path. 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. Jeffress’ Virginia Battery (here, next to this marker); 65th Georgia Infantry (here, next to this marker); Kelly’s Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Preston’s Division (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Preston's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trigg’s Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Cheatham’s Division – Polk’s Corps (approx. ¼ mile away); 18th Indiana Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this Approximately 700 metal position and descriptive markers with raised lettering were installed on the Chickamauga Battlefield by the War Department in 1890. This plaque is red indicating it is for a Confederate unit.
In locating this marker 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 marker and the marker'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).”
Also see . . .
1. Death Knell of the Confederacy. Link to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park web site. (Submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. Battle of Chickamauga. Overview of the Battle of Chickamauga provided by the American Battlefield Trust. (Submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.