Fowler’s Alabama Battery
— Liddell's Division —
Walthall’s Brigade, Liddell’s Division, Walker’s Corps.
September 19, 1863.
Captain William H. Fowler, Commanding.
1st Lieut. John Phelan.
1st Lieut. Robert Perrin.
2d Lieut. N. Venable.
2d Lieut. William Dailey
The battery followed the brigade during the morning of the 19th: was under fire but not then engaged. About 3:30 P.M. the battery came into position on this ground in rear of the division and opened fire on the battery of the enemy to the left, causing it to remove hastily. At this time one section under Lieut. Phelan was sent forward in support of the brigade, then engaging the enemy. This section mistaking an Arkansas Regiment for one of the brigade, went into the fight with it, but meeting an overwhelming force of the enemy the infantry was compelled to retire. All the horses of the two pieces were killed or wounded and many of cannoneers and drivers of the section were killed or wounded at their post fighting
Erected 1890 by War Department. (Marker Number MT-1243.)
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° 55.389′ N, 85° 14.121′ W. Marker is in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Brotherton Road east of Alexander Bridge Road, on the right when traveling east. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield. This tablet is in the thick woods south of Brotherton Road, just a moderate distance south of a park horse trail. The trail intersects Brotherton Road just west of the parking area for Bragg’s headquarters monument near the marker for the 1st Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters (CSA). Parking is available on Brotherton Road near N 34° 55.6222 W 85° 14.1137. 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. Walthall's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cleburne's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wood's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walker's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilson's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Field Headquarters - Army of Tennessee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bragg's Headquarters Shell Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jackson's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile 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/ Chattanooga Battlefield by the War Department in 1890. This plaque is red indicating it is for a Confederate unit. Plaques are listed in the NPS List of Classified Structures as a batch input, Structure Number HS-Batch-3.
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).
Also see . . .
1. Death Knell of the Confederacy. Link to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park web site. (Submitted on September 7, 2019, 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 September 7, 2019, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.