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Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Morton's Tennessee Battery

Dibrell's Brigade

 

—Armstrong's Division —

 
Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2017
1. Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker
Inscription.
Morton's Tennessee Battery
2 6 Pounders, 2 3" Rifles
Dibrell's Brigade, Armstrong's Division, Forrest's Corps
September 20, 1863
Captain John W. Morton, Commanding
1st Lieutenant Curtis O. Wallace
1st Lieutenant G. Tully Brown
2nd Lieutenant Andrew M. Seay

The Battery was not engaged on the 19th, though exposed to a severe artillery fire. On the morning of the 20th the Battery occupied a position near and north of the Reed's Bridge road and west of this glade, on the right of Huggins' Battery, and was actively engaged soon after noon in shelling the advance of General Granger's Corps moving to the support of General Thomas.
McCook's Brigade of this force was detained to face the Confederates while the other two after some delay proceeded rapidly to join Thomas on Snodgrass Hill. After General Granger's column had passed the Battery moved to the front, but before it could come into action was compelled to return to its original position by the advance of the enemy which drove the infantry back from the Chattanooga road. A line of 14 guns including this Battery opened a destructive fire on the enemy who was retiring toward McFarland's Gap, the fire being maintained until about sunset, when the fighting ceased on this flank. After night-fall the Battery
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2017
2. Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker
View of the featured tablet looking west along the Reeds Bridge Road.
advanced on the Chattanooga road to the Cloud Hospital and encamped.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-1369.)
 
Location. 34° 56.507′ N, 85° 15.099′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Reeds Bridge Road and Forrest Road, on the left when traveling east on Reeds Bridge Road. Touch for map. This tablet is located along a portion of the Reeds Bridge Road that provides roadside parking spaces and the tablet is also situated across the street from the trailhead for one of the parks better maintained walking trails. 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. Huggins', Morton's & Huwald's Tennessee Batteries (here, next to this marker); Huwald's Tennessee Battery (here, next to this marker); Huggins' Tennessee Battery (a few steps from this marker); J. King's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); To the opening of the Battle (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee C.S.A. Artillery Monument
Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2017
3. Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker
View, looking north, across the street intersection, and along Forrest Road, at the row of Confederate tablets on the northeast corner of the intersection.
(a few steps from this marker); Adams' Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); To Right of Confederate Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. In locating this tablet 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).”
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2017
4. Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker
View looking east along the Reeds Bridge Road, at the row of Confederate tablets, the featured tablet being the one closest, at the back end of the row.
Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2017
5. Morton's Tennessee Battery Marker
View from across the street, looking east along the Reeds Bridge Road, of the row of Confederate tablets, the featured tablet being the one closest, at the back end of the row.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 21, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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