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

Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery.

Van Derver's Brigade

 

—Brannan's Division —

 
Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
1. Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker
Inscription.
Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery.
4 Light 12 Pdrs.
Van Derver's Brigade, Brannan's Division, Thomas' Corps.
Sept. 20, 1863.
1st Lieut. Frank G. Smith, Commanding.
1st Lieut. George B. Rodney.
2nd Lieut. John M. Stephenson.

At 8 A.M. the Battery was posted with the Brigade as a reserve in rear of the 1st and 2d Brigades of the Division in the edge of the woods east of the Dyer field west of Poe's house. Between 9 and 10 A.M. it joined Gen. Negley, by order, and accompanied his command to the Snodgrass house, where, about 10:30 A.M., by its fire it participated in frustrating an attempt of the enemy, moving in McDonald's field, to turn Baird's left. The enemy having pierced the Union line to the southeast before noon, immediately began swarming to attack the Union position on Snodgrass Hill from that direction.

About noon Gen. Negley withdrew, leaving Gen. Brannan to defend this line with one regiment of infantry, this Battery, and such troops as had been rallied here after the break in the front line. Gen. Granger's command and VanDerveer's Brigade arrived almost simultaneously about 2 P.M. to the support of this force just in time to prevent its being driven from the hill.

The fighting was almost constant
Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
2. Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker
View looking east, of the historical tablet, with the Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery Monument in the near background, and a view of the park's access road in the distant background.
from noon until sunset, when the Battery, its ammunition nearly exhausted, withdrew under orders to Rossville.

Casualties of the day: 1 man killed, 9 wounded, and 3 horses disabled.

Total casualties: 1 officer wounded, 1 man killed, 20 men wounded, 1 limber blown up, 19 horses disabled.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-1055.)
 
Location. 34° 55.756′ N, 85° 16.091′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Vittetoe Road west of Vittetoe-Chickamauga Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the northwest section of the Chickamauga National Military Park, along a ridge called Snodgrass Hill. To view this historical marker drive to the parking area in front of the Snodgrass House and the marker can be seen situated just to the east of the Snodgrass House. 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 Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. (here, next to this marker); Agony of the Wounded (a few steps from this marker); Wood's Division
Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
3. Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker
View of the historical tablet looking northeast along the Union line of battle on Snodgrass Hill.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Sirwell's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 3rd Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US Volunteers) (within shouting distance of this marker); 37th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Harker's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 64th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the monument number for this marker and the marker'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
 
Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 17, 2012
4. Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker
View of the position of the Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery, looking southwest, towards the Snodgrass House.
Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
5. Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery. Marker
View of the historical tablet looking northeast, in the direction of the Union Regimental Monuments and historical tablets that marks the position of the Union line of battle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 15, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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