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

Johnson's Division

Palmer's Corps

 

óBrigadier General Richard W. Johnson ó

 
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1. Johnson's Division Marker
Inscription.
Johnson's Division Palmer's Corps.
Brigadier General Richard W. Johnson.
November 25, 1863, 5 P.M.
1st Brigade - Brigadier General William P. Carlin.
2nd Brigade - Colonel Marshall F. Moore
2nd Brigade - Colonel William L. Stoughton.
3rd Brigade - Brigadier General John C. Starkweather.

The First and Second Brigades of this division formed the right of the assaulting column of the Army of the Cumberland on the afternoon of November 25th. The Third Brigade in the entrenchments about Chattanooga. Carlin's Brigade ascended Lookout at dusk November 24th and relieved the right of General Hooker's line under the palisades east of the Craven House. It marched with Hooker's column to Rossville and rejoined its division from that point just before 2 o'clock November 25th, and formed to its right.
The division moved to the assault of Missionary Ridge simultaneously with the three divisions of Sheridan, Wood, and Baird on its left. It carried the earthworks at the foot of the ridge and steadily fought its way up to the summit, reaching the crest about this point.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-90.)
 
Location.
Johnson's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2017
2. Johnson's Division Marker
View of the present day marker (MT-90A), which is in the same location as the missing marker (MT-90), looking north along South Crest Road.
Marker is missing. It was located near 35° 0.826′ N, 85° 16.065′ W. Marker was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker was on South Crest Road north of South Crest Drives, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the western side of the roadway, some distance south of the Bragg Reservation, on South Crest Road between the intersections of East View Drive and South Crest Drive. Marker was at or near this postal address: 260 South Crest Road, Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Johnson's Division (here, next to this marker); 104th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th United States Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 88th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Stewart's Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 18th United States Infantry (about 400 feet away); Strahl's Brigade. (about 400 feet away); Strahl's Brigade (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. I had sought the help of the National Military Park's historian, Jim Ogden, to explain to me why there were two separate Johnson Division tablets listed as being
Johnson's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2017
3. Johnson's Division Marker
View of the present day marker (MT-90A), which is in the same location as the missing marker (MT-90), looking south along South Crest Road.
located so close to each other, MT-90 being at 260 South Crest and MT-90A being at 271 South Crest, and why we could only locate the one (MT-90A) and not the other (MT-90). The conclusion that Jim came to was that each tablet had the exact same location, with MT-90 being the original tablet at this location and tablet MT-90A being the current tablet at this location.

It was Jim's opinion that when the original tablet (MT-90) was erected in the 1890s, it was listed as being situated in the then undeveloped 260 block of South Crest. He then believed that by the time that this tablet (MT-90) was replaced, for whatever the reason, this portion of South Crest Road had become a developed residential neighborhood and the address system altered by the varying lot sizes for the houses in this portion of South Crest Road.

So the present day tablet (MT-90A), which was erected in the same location as the tablet (MT-90) that it replaced, was listed as being located at 271 South Crest.

As to why the text on the two markers was different, Jim Ogden could only speculate that it might have been an attempt to address a command change in the 2nd Brigade, but beyond that, he had no explanation.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Johnson's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2017
4. Johnson's Division Marker
View of the present day marker (MT-90A), situated along the west side of the roadway, in the same location as the missing marker (MT-90), on the western crest of Missionary Ridge.
The Text from the Johnsonís Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 13, 2017
5. The Text from the Johnsonís Brigade Marker
View of page 90 from the National Park Services record book on the Chattanooga - Chickamauga listings of classified structures, which is kept in the Chickamauga Battlefield Park's Visitor Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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