Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
E. H. Phelps Memorial Monument
Near This Spot
About 5.20 P.M.
Erected 1908 by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-125.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Missionary Ridge, and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park: November 25, 1863 marker series.
Location. 35° 2.995′ N, 85° 15.138′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on North Crest Road north of Crest Terrace Drive. Touch for map. According to the National Park Service, "Monument is located on Missionary Ridge at 312 North Crest Road, Map Site #77.". Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 North Crest Road, Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jackson's Brigade. (here, next to this marker); 14th Ohio Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 38th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Phelps' Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Cheatham's Division. McCants' Florida Battery. (about 600 feet away); Hindman's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moore's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
More about this marker. According to the description provided by the National Park Service, this monument is, "3' x 3' x 8', the monument consists of a bronze cannon tube mounted vertically on a circular granite pedestal. Attached to pedestal is a bronze shield-shaped inscription tablet. Atop cannon tube is a cast-iron cannonball."
Also see . . .
1. Edward H. Phelps. This is a link to information provided by OhioCivilWar.org (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Edward Phelps. This is a link to information provided by OhioCivilWar.org. (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. National Park Service List of Classified Structures. This is a link to information provided by the national park service regarding this particular monument. (Submitted on August 23, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
1. Col. E. H. Phelps
After visiting Missionary Ridge
Then I discovered something else that really shocked me, I discovered that the officer who was killed during the charge up on Missionary Ridge, who had the monument erected in his honor near the spot where he was mortally wounded, that he was buried in Toledo, Ohio.
So now I must confess that I am embarrassed that I was so ignorant of who this gallant hero from northwest Ohio was and that I had no idea that he was buried right here in my hometown. When I finally did find his grave I was even more embarrassed because his gravestone has been long neglected and seemingly forgotten. I found it ironic that Col. E. H. Phelps' memory was better honored and preserved in Chattanooga, Tennessee than it is here in Toledo, Ohio.
Although the text on the stone is very weathered and difficult to read, I could read part of the inscription, on one side of the gravestone. It read as follows:
Col. Edward H.
By the members of the
Regt. 38th Ohio Vol. Inf.
Now the fact that he was buried in Toledo by members of the 38th O.V.I. raises another question for me. Why would a resident of Defiance, Ohio (I checked the 1860 U.S. census and found Edward H. Phelps living in Defiance, seemingly a community leader) be buried here in Toledo, rather than in Defiance, Ohio?
In going back through the copies of the local newspaper, the Toledo Blade, from the time when reports of Col. E. H. Phelps' death at Missionary Ridge were first reported, right up to the arrival of his body in town and reports of the events surrounding his burial were published, there is no explanation provided as to why he was buried in Toledo, as opposed to his hometown of Defiance, Ohio.
So if anyone reading this might have the answer to this question of interest (well it is of interest to me), please don't hesitate to contact me.
— Submitted May 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.