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

Polk's Brigade

Cleburne's Division

 

—Breckinridge's Corps. —

 
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
1. Polk's Brigade Marker
Inscription.
Polk's Brigade.
Cleburne's Division - Breckinridge's Corps.
Brigadier General Lucius E. Polk.
November 24 and 25, 1863.
1st Arkansas - Colonel John W. Colquitt.
3rd and 5th Confederate - Lieutenant Colonel J. C. Cole.
2nd Tennessee - Colonel William D. Robison.
35th and 48th Tennessee - Colonel Benjamin J. Hill.
Semple's (Alabama) Battery - Lieutenant Richard W. Golothwaite. (Attached).

About noon of the 24th, when it was discovered that Sherman had crossed the Tennessee River opposite the north end of the ridge, the Brigade was ordered from its position on the ridge, south of the shallow ford road, to the Stone Bridge over the Southern Railroad, about one and a half miles east of this position. Two regiments and a section of Semple's Battery were ordered to occupy the commanding hill immediately north of the bridge, with the remainder of the Brigade and Battery posted near the bridge.
On the 25th the Brigade was supported on its left by Wright's Brigade of Cheatham's Division and Scogin's (Georgia) Battery.
The Brigade and Battery were not engaged and sustained no losses.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-385.)
 
Location.
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
2. Polk's Brigade Marker
View of the featured tablet on the left, next to the adjacent Cleburne Division tablet. Both tablets are seen in the thick woods, on the eastern lower slopes of the Sherman Reservation.
35° 4.143′ N, 85° 14.266′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Durand Avenue north of Lightfoot Mill Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is located beside a walking trail that goes along the lower eastern slopes of the Sherman Reservation. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cleburne's Division (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Cleburne's Division (a few steps from this marker); Wright's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 37th Ohio Infantry (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 30th Ohio Infantry (about 700 feet away); 80th Ohio Infantry (about 700 feet away); Lowrey's Brigade (about 700 feet away); Lightburn's Brigade (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. For years I have been attempting to locate and reach this tablet and several others in the Sherman Reservation, but I was using the traditional walking trails for attempting to locate this tablet. This year, instead of using the traditional points of entering and exiting the Sherman Reservation, I was able to use the trailhead that began near the end of Durand Avenue, to enter
Trailhead to the Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
3. Trailhead to the Polk's Brigade Marker
To get to this tablet use the NMP's trailhead that has an opening near the northern end of Durand Avenue.
into the Sherman Reservation and immediately found three tablets that I had been trying to locate for years.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Trailhead to the Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
4. Trailhead to the Polk's Brigade Marker
View through the opening into the National Military Park's woods, where the trailhead is located. Note that upon viewing into the woods from the trailhead, one can immediately see a Confederate tablet.
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
5. Polk's Brigade Marker
Immediately upon stepping into the woods at the park's trailhead, off of Durand Avenue, this is the view that one will see. The middle tablet is the featured Polk's Brigade tablet.
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
6. Polk's Brigade Marker
A closer view of the three Confederate tablets and the park trail. The middle tablet is the featured Polk's Brigade tablet.
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
7. Polk's Brigade Marker
View of the featured tablet, in the thick woods, on the lower eastern slope, of the Sherman Reservation.
Polk's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
8. Polk's Brigade Marker
View looking south, back down the trail, towards the nearby trailhead, off the northern end of Durand Avenue. The middle tablet is the featured tablet.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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