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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Center of Fort Phelps

 
 
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1. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
Inscription.  
Center of Fort Phelps (Negley)
120 Yards South


(Marker Number MT-60A.)
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 35° 2.131′ N, 85° 18.354′ W. Marker was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker was at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 41) and Mitchell Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37408, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Dedication of Rose Garden to all Veterans (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Chattanooga Choo-Choo (about 600 feet away); Chattanooga's Railroads (about 700 feet away); Chattanooga, a City of Historical Significance (about 800 feet away); Military History of Chattanooga (about 800 feet away); Terminal Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); A point in the 2D Line of Works (approx. half a mile away); Old Post Office (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the marker is a, "Cast iron tablet in stone wall southeast corner of Main & Mitchell Streets."
 
Regarding Center of Fort Phelps. With much help from Suzette Raney
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By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2019
2. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
View of the southeast corner of the intersection, the site of the missing marker.
of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Chattanooga Public Library, I have been able to put together some background information on these bronze and/or iron, Civil War related, tablets placed throughout the city of Chattanooga.

According to a newspaper article published in the Chattanooga Times on, December 1, 1893, there was a committee appointed from the chamber of commerce to identify historical points in connection with the occupancy of Chattanooga by Federal and Confederate troops. These points were to later be marked by a bronze tablet bearing a description of the event which transpired at that point. According to a Battlefield Guide, published in 1897 by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, “For the 20th reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, September 18-20, 1889, the publisher of the Guide compiled the following list of historical points, which list, has since been revised and bronze tablets placed on or near the sites by the Government.” So it would appear that it was sometime between late 1893 and 1897 that these tablets were erected, by the government.
 
Additional comments.
1. Inclusion in the Historical Marker Database
This marker is deemed eligible for inclusion in the Historical Marker Database under the clause for allowable exceptions
Center of Fort Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2019
3. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
Distant view of the site of the missing marker, looking across the intersection towards the southeast corner.
to the Editorial Guidelines when the marker's inclusion is "adding to a series of bona fide historical markers with one that would otherwise not qualify." This marker is part of the National Park Service's series of MT-numbered markers that are found in the areas of Civil War military operations that are situated in, and around, the Chattanooga - Chickamauga Battlefield, National Military Parks. Therefore, this marker was added to complete a commonly used list of such markers, rendering this marker in compliance with stated Historical Marker Database editorial guidelines.
    — Submitted August 29, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Center of Fort Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2019
4. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
View of the site of the missing marker, looking east along Main Street.
Center of Fort Phelps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 11, 2019
5. Center of Fort Phelps Marker
View of the site of the missing marker, looking south along Mitchell Street.
"MT-numbered” listings image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the National Park Service., July 12, 2017
6. "MT-numbered” listings
View of page 60A from the National Park Service’s record book on the Chattanooga - Chickamauga ”MT-numbered” listings of classified structures, which is kept in the Chickamauga Battlefield Park's Visitor Center.
Tablet Related Newspaper Article image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library.
7. Tablet Related Newspaper Article
View of a tablet related newspaper article published in the Chattanooga Times on, December 1, 1893.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 29, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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