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

Jeffress’ Virginia Battery

Preston’s Division, Buckner’s Corps

 
 
Jeffress’ Virginia Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Byron Hooks, June 24, 2011
1. Jeffress’ Virginia Battery Marker
Inscription.  
Jeffress’ Virginia Battery.

1 12 Pdr. Blakeley, 4 10 Pdr. Parrotts
Leyden’s Arty. Batt’n, Preston’s Division, Buckner’s Corps.
September 19 and 20, 1863.

Capt. William C. Jeffress, Commanding.
1st Lieut. Bernard H. Todd.
1st Lieut. Edwin W. Jones.
2d Lieut. Atwell W. Robertson.
2d Lieut. Samuel W. Wingo.


The battery operated with Gracie’s brigade and occupied this position on the morning of the 19th, firing a few rounds at the enemy at long range, and was ordered by Gen. Preston to cease firing. The battery continued to occupy this position till the close of the battle, supported on the 19th and the morning of the 20th by troops of Preston’s division and after 1 P.M. of the 20th by the 65th Georgia of Kelly’s Brigade. Casualties: 2 horses disabled.
 
Erected 1890 by War Department. (Marker Number MT-1417.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1863.
 
Location. 34° 
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53.814′ N, 85° 15.08′ 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. 65th Georgia Infantry (here, next to this marker); Gracie’s Brigade (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 marker. 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
Clearing where Jeffress’ Virginia Battery was positioned image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Byron Hooks, June 24, 2011
2. Clearing where Jeffress’ Virginia Battery was positioned
other markers are for 85th Georgia (CSA), Gracie's Brigade (CSA) and Preston's Division (CSA).
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.) 
 
Chickamauga Creek (June, 2011) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Byron Hooks, June 24, 2011
3. Chickamauga Creek (June, 2011)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on December 3, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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