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

Site of Battery Smartt

 
 
Site of Battery Smartt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
1. Site of Battery Smartt Marker
Inscription.  Confederate Work, General Cheatham's Division (Marker Number MT-54.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
 
Location. 35° 3.329′ N, 85° 18.372′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Bluff View north of East 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. This historical marker is located at the Hunter Museum, affixed to an ornate column, where a front entrance walkway, begins at the street sidewalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga TN 37403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hunter Museum of American Art (a few steps from this marker); From Oblivion to Rebirth: Archaeological Research at the Bluff Furnace Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Innovation and Disaster (about 300 feet away); The Beginnings of Iron Manufacture in Chattanooga (about 300 feet away); Bluff Furnace Historical Park (about 400 feet away); Bluff Furnace Historic Site
Site of Battery Smartt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
2. Site of Battery Smartt Marker
View of the historical marker, affixed to an ornate column.
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(about 500 feet away); Headquarters Row (about 500 feet away); Ross's Landing: River Crossing and Port (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Regarding Site of Battery Smartt. With much help from Suzette Raney 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
Site of Battery Smartt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
3. Site of Battery Smartt Marker
View of the historical marker, affixed to an ornate column, where a front entrance walkway, begins at the street sidewalk.
by the Government.” So it would appear that it was sometime between late 1893 and 1897 that these tablets were erected, by the government.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A list of the tablets placed throughout the city of Chattanooga, in the mid-1890s, that identify historical points in connection with the occupancy of Chattanooga by Federal and Confederate troops.
 
Site of Battery Smartt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
4. Site of Battery Smartt Marker
View of the historical marker at the Hunter Museum.
Site of Battery Smartt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
5. Site of Battery Smartt Marker
View of the historical marker looking east along the Bluff View sidewalk.
Site of Battery Smartt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
6. Site of Battery Smartt Marker
View of the historical marker, looking west along the public walkway, through a small landscaped community park.
Site of Battery Smartt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
7. Site of Battery Smartt Marker
View of what was once the site of the "Battery Smartt," and what is now the site of the Bluff View (street circle), community landscaped park, and Hunter Museum.
Site of Battery Smartt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2017
8. Site of Battery Smartt Marker
View of page 54 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.
9. Tablet Related Newspaper Article
View of a tablet related newspaper article published in the Chattanooga Times on, December 1, 1893.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 549 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 22, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   8. submitted on July 20, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   9. submitted on August 25, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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May. 17, 2022