Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
4th Indiana Battery
— Baird's Division —
2 Napoleons, 2 12 Pounder Howitzers, 2 James Rifles.
Starkweather's Brigade, Baird's Division, Thomas' Corps.
September 19, 1863.
1st Lieutenant David Flansburg, Commanding (Wounded and Captured).
2d Lieutenant Henry J. Willits,
2d Lieutenant Willis H. Pettit.
In the evening of the 18th the Battery with its Brigade left the vicinity of Owen's ford on the Chickamauga and after an all night's march via Crawfish Spring and Widow Glenn's arrived at Kelly's crossroads about daybreak and took position in line of battle with the reserve of the Division. At 10 a.m. moved with Brigade first to support of 1st and 3d Brigades; thence to the left to relieve Colonel Croxton, commanding 2d Brigade, 3d Division, who was out of ammunition. Upon relieving Croxton the Brigade and Battery were almost immediately struck in front and flank by the advance of Govan's Brigade and five guns of the Battery were captured which were almost immediately retaken by the advance of Croxton's Brigade. The loss of men, horses and harness prevented Lieutenant Willits
He consequently moved to the rear, but soon reentered the field with four guns and by order retired at dark. Casualties: Lieutenant Flansburg wounded and captured: 1 man killed and 9 men wounded.
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-729.)
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° 55.682′ N, 85° 14.796′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Brotherton Road east of Alexander Bridge Road, on the left when traveling east. This marker is located in the National Military Park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, and is situated along one of the park hiking trails just north of the Winfrey Field. 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 4th Indiana Battery (here, next to this marker); Starkweather's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 24th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 21st Wisconsin Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 1st Wisconsin InfantryScribner's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Scribner's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2nd Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about 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 tablet and the tablet'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).”
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 18, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.