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

Dent's Alabama Battery

Maj. Alfred R. Courtney's Artillery Battalion.

 

—Hindman's (Anderson's) Division —

 
Dent's Alabama Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
1. Dent's Alabama Battery. Marker
Inscription.
Dent's Alabama Battery.
Six 12-pdr. Napoleons.
Maj. Alfred R. Courtney's Artillery Battalion.
Hindman's (Anderson's) Division.
Nov. 25th, 1863, 4 p.m.
Capt. S. H. Dent, Commanding.
1st Lieut. W. T. Stockton.
2nd Lieut. D. L. Southwick, (wounded and captured).
2nd Lieut. G. B. Zeigler.
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The battery came into position with one section posted on the summit of the elevation south of the Shallow Ford road, one section just north of the same, and one section in rear and north of this ground in the line of Hindman's division. The guns were fired at first appearance of the Union advance, compelling it to avoid the open spaces, and avail itself of the cover afforded by the ravines and slight depressions of the ridge till the Confederate line had been carried north of the Birds Mill road, the two guns nearest that point captured and turned upon it, raking north and south the defense of infantry, and in conjunction with a front attack forcing it to abandon its position.

Casualties: 7 men killed; 1 officer and 20 men wounded and captured, 5 Napoleon guns, 2 caissons and 35 horses.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National
Dent's Alabama Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
2. Dent's Alabama Battery. Marker
View of the historical marker situated between the two artillery pieces located at the Turchin Reservation.
Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-396.)
 
Location. 35° 2.284′ N, 85° 15.254′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on North Crest Road north of Shallowford Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. In order to view this historical marker one must find a way to get to the crest of Missionary Ridge. The options to use in ascending Missionary Ridge are limited and difficult to locate if you are not familiar with the area. From downtown Chattanooga, I drove east to Missionary Ridge on Main Street, and using Main Street took me to the top of Missionary Ridge. Once at the top of Missionary Ridge I needed to make three right turns to get on South Crest Street, heading north across the bridge over Interstate 24. Continue north, and just past the Ohio Reservation (when going over the McCallie Avenue Tunnel) South Crest Road turns into North Crest Road. The first road that you then come to is Shallowford Road and the historical marker is somewhat beyond this intersection, on the west side of the road, in the Turchin Reservation. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 13th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Samuel Beatty's Brigade
Dent's Alabama Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
3. Dent's Alabama Battery. Marker
View of the historical marker looking north along North Crest Road, with a view of the Turchin Reservation sign in the right back ground of the picture.
(a few steps from this marker); Wood's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 35th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Hindman's Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 19th Ohio Infantry (about 300 feet away); 25th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away); 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry, (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. When I originally came through the Chattanooga area, on June 7th, taking pictures of historical markers along Missionary Ridge, it appeared that this historical marker/tablet for "Dent's Alabama Battery" was the only historical marker at the Turchin Reservation. However, two weeks later when I came to take some additional pictures I found the marker/tablet for Samuel Beatty's Brigade here at the Turchin Reservation.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Dent's Alabama Battery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
4. Dent's Alabama Battery. Marker
View looking south along North Crest Road with the Turchin Reservation sign in the right foreground and the historical marker in the left background.
Turchin Reservation Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2011
5. Turchin Reservation Sign
View of the Turchin Reservation sign which is located within shouting distance of the featured historical marker.
Turchin Reservation Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 23, 2011
6. Turchin Reservation Sign
A later view of the Turchin Reservation sign showing the backside of the historical marker/tablet for the Union's Samuel Beatty Brigade.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 18, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on July 6, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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