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

Douglas’ Texas Battery

Deshler's Brigade

 

—Cleburne's Division —

 
Douglas' Texas Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2017
1. Douglas' Texas Battery Marker
Inscription.
Douglas' Texas Battery.
2 6 pounders, 2 12 pound howitzers.
Deshler's Brigade, Cleburne's Division, Hill's Corps.
September 20, 1863.

Captain James P. Douglas, Commanding.
1st Lieutenant John H. Brigham.
1st Lieutenant Benjamin Hardin.
2d Lieutenant M.S. Fleisher.
2d Lieutenant w.J. Sanders.

The Battery was not engaged on the 19th or morning of the 20th, though under fire and in position several times for action. By order of General Cleburne it remained in reserve till about 4 o'clock p.m. when with Polk's and Wood's Brigades and Semple's Battery it advanced to a position within 300 yards of the enemy's rail and log barricades and opened on them with shell. After firing twenty minutes the enemy began to yield ground. General Cleburne then ordered the battery to cease firing and moved the pieces to the front, coming into position on this spot in support of Polk's Brigade. By direction of General Polk the Battery opened on the enemy's works firing a few rounds, when one piece was moved to the top of the ridge with the infantry and opened fire.

The Captain pushed forward with one piece to the Chattanooga road when he was ordered to halt. The remaining pieces were brought up and all bivouacked for the night. Casualties: 1 man wounded; 2
Douglas' Texas Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2017
2. Douglas' Texas Battery Marker
View, looking south along the secondary park trail, of the tablet situated in a clearing at the end of the secondary trail.
horses killed; 1 carriage disabled.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-1416.)
 
Location. 34° 55.966′ N, 85° 15.136′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Alexander Bridge Road and Battleline Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This tablet is located along a network of park trails, that has a trailhead leading into the woods, just east of the street intersection. 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 Douglas' Texas Battery (here, next to this marker); Calvert's Arkansas Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Hill's Headquarters Shell Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hill's Corps (about 400 feet away); Benjamin H. Helm Memorial Shell Monument (about 400 feet away); 9th Kentucky Infantry Regiment (CSA) Marker (about 500 feet away); 2nd Kentucky Infantry Regiment (CSA) Marker (about 500 feet away); Peyton H. Colquit Memorial Shell Monument (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker.
Douglas' Texas Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2017
3. Douglas' Texas Battery Marker
View of the tablet, in the clearing at the end of the secondary trail, situated between two artillery pieces.
This tablet is located in the woods, along a secondary park trail, just off of a main park trail, that is afew minutes of a walk from the street intersection.

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
 
Douglas' Texas Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2017
4. Douglas' Texas Battery Marker
View of the tablet, in the clearing in the woods.
Douglas' Texas Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 12, 2017
5. Douglas' Texas Battery Marker
View looking north from the end of the secondary trail, towards the primary trail, with a view of the backside of the featured tablet and the two cannons situated at the Battery site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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