Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Longstreet's Headquarters Shell Monument
Lieutenant General James Longstreet
September 20, 1863. Afternoon.
Erected 1895 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-450.)
Location. 34° 55.045′ N, 85° 16.128′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Dyer Road east of Chickamauga-Vittatoe Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This monument is located about 50 feet north of the roadway, in the North Dyer Field. 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. Mark Thrash (a few steps from this marker); Hospital, 1st Division, 14th Corps Union Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery M, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rout of the Union Right (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery G, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battery G, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rosecrans' Headquarters Shell Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the shell monument is, “6'2" square at base and 5' high, the monument consists of a pyramid of cannonballs set in cement & painted black, resting on a molded limestone base. Attached to base is a painted metal plaque identifying the headquarters site.”
The National Park Service goes on to state that, "the pyramid's square base is 7 shells wide and 7 shells deep. It is 7 layers tall."
The National Park Service also identifies E. E. Betts as being the engineer who was the designer of this monument.
With regards to monument's location the National Park Service states that the, "monument marks the site of General James Longstreet's Headquarters commanding the Left Wing of the Confederate Army on the afternoon of September 20, 1863."
In locating this monument 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 August 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 16, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.