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

A Point in the Line of Works

 
 
A Point in the Line of Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the Historical Marker Database
1. A Point in the Line of Works Marker
Inscription.  
A Point in the Line of Works
Connecting Fort Sherman
With Battery Erwin


(Marker Number MT-53.)
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 35° 2.873′ N, 85° 18.22′ W. Marker was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker was on Oak Street north of Houston Street, on the right when traveling west. The marker was once situated on the northwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named A Point in the Line of Works (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church (about 800 feet away); Military History of Chattanooga (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abby Crawford Milton (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walden Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Point in the Line of Fort Sherman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Headquarters of Brigadier General George D. Wagner (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the marker is a, "Cast iron tablet on post at northwest corner Houston & Oak Streets."
 
Regarding A Point in the Line of Works.
A Point in the Line of Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 10, 2019
2. A Point in the Line of Works Marker
View, looking across the street intersection, of the far northwest corner, where the featured marker was originally situated.
With much help from Suzette Raney of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Chattanooga Public Library, I have been able to put together some background information on these bronze and/or iron, Civil War related, tablets placed throughout the city of Chattanooga.

According to a newspaper article published in the Chattanooga Times on, December 1, 1893, there was a committee appointed from the chamber of commerce to identify historical points in connection with the occupancy of Chattanooga by Federal and Confederate troops. These points were to later be marked by a bronze tablet bearing a description of the event which transpired at that point. According to a Battlefield Guide, published in 1897 by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, “For the 20th reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, September 18-20, 1889, the publisher of the Guide compiled the following list of historical points, which list, has since been revised and bronze tablets placed on or near the sites by the Government.” So it would appear that it was sometime between late 1893 and 1897 that these tablets were erected, by the government.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
A Point in the Line of Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 10, 2019
3. A Point in the Line of Works Marker
View, looking north along Houston Street, of the northwest intersection corner, where the featured marker was originally situated.
A Point in the Line of Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 10, 2019
4. A Point in the Line of Works Marker
View, looking west along Oak Street, of the northwest intersection corner, where the featured marker was originally situated.
"MT-numbered” listings image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library., July 12, 2017
5. "MT-numbered” listings
View of page 53 from the National Park Service’s record book on the Chattanooga - Chickamauga ”MT-numbered” listings of classified structures, which is kept in the Chickamauga Battlefield Park's Visitor Center.
Tablet Related Newspaper Article image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library.
6. Tablet Related Newspaper Article
View of a tablet related newspaper article published in the Chattanooga Times on, December 1, 1893.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 27, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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