Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battery A, 1st Michigan
— Baird's Division —
Text on Front Side of Monument:
Loomis: Battery A, First Artillery.
Lieutenant George W. Van Pelt, Commanding.
Scribner's Brigade. Baird's Division. Thomas Corps.
Text on Back Side of Monument:
The Battery with its Brigade advanced from Bird's Mill on the evening of the 18th, arriving at the intersection of the LaFayette and Chattanooga Roads at daylight of the 19th; thence from several positions to this here. After sixty-four rounds of canister and shell had been fired, the enemy rushed upon the Battery in overwhelming numbers, compelling the infantry support to fall back. The men remained with the Battery until the enemy's bayonets were at their breasts. Five guns fell into the enemy's hands, one was got safely off the field. One gun was subsequently recaptured. Lieutenant Van Pelt and five men were killed, six seriously wounded, and thirteen made prisoners.
During the operations at Chattanooga, the Battery occupied a position on Cameron Hill.
Erected 1895 by the State
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil.
Location. 34° 55.567′ N, 85° 14.577′ 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. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, this, “Monument is located on the Chickamauga Battlefield in the wood near Winfrey Field at map site #101". 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 A, 1st Michigan (here, next to this marker); Scribner's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 6th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 5th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Scribner’s Brigade33rd Ohio Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Baldwin's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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 monument and the monument'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).”
According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “8' x 4' x 6'6", monument consists of bronze relief panel of battle scene attached to vertical rectangular slab, mounted on 2-step base. Inscriptions on vertical slab and upper step."
The National Park Service also identifies S. Edwards as being the designer of this monument.
It should be noted that this monument displays a bronze bas-relief artwork, that depicts the combat action that this Battery saw from this position.
When discussing Battlefield Monuments, the National Park Service offers this special insight: "Of special interest are bronze bas-relief plaques attached to many monuments. These depict battle scenes based on veterans' eyewitness accounts. Because there are no photographs of the fighting, these plaques are among the best visual records of the battles."
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 20, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.