Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
18th Indiana Battery
—Reynold's Division —
6 - 3" Rifles, 4 Mountain Howitzers.
Wilder's Brigade, Reynolds' Division, Thomas' Corps.
September 18, 1863.
Captain Eli Lilly, Commanding.
1st Lieutenant Joseph A. Scott.
2nd Lieutenant Moses M. Beck.
2nd Lieutenant William B. Rippetoe.
The Battery marched from Pond Spring to Alexander's Bridge on the 17th.
At 9:30 a.m. on the 18th one section of Mountain howitzers was sent with two regiments of the Brigade to reinforce Colonel Minty near Reed's Bridge.
About 12:30 p.m. the enemy appeared in front and attacked skirmishers.
The Battery opened fire on them from this position with four guns, throwing long range canister and shell. One of the enemy's shell fell near one of the guns when Private Sidney A. Speed seeing the fuse still burning picked it up and threw it over the Alexander house nearby, the shell bursting harmlessly on the other side. The Battery remained in this position till about 4:30 p.m., when Colonel Minty having been forced back from Reed's Bridge, the Battery retired under orders to the LaFayette road, where it bivouacked.
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-749.)
Location. 34° 54.66′ N, 85° 13.905′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Alexander Bridge Road and Viniard Road, on the right when traveling south on Alexander Bridge Road. Touch for map. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, just south of a large traffic island, at the intersection of two park roadways, a short distance north of the Alexander Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named 18th Indiana Battery (a few steps from this marker); Wilder's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Walker's Division. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 17th Indiana Mounted Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); 72nd Indiana Mounted Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Walthall's Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Deshler's Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stanford's Mississippi Battery. (approx. ¾ mile 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
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 19, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.