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Near Chickamauga in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Glass's Mill Battle Site

Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
1. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
Inscription. After the war, whenever veterans got together, there was much talk of great artillery duels. many would speak of General Thomas' battle line of cannons at Chickamauga. But in fact, the only real artillery duel of the battle took place at Glass's Mill.

"On Saturday, the 19th, at 9 a.m.," Captain Robert Cobb, commanding Cobb's Kentucky Battery, stated: "I was ordered by General Helm to send one 12-pounder Napoleon gun and one 12-pounder howitzer across the ford at Glass's Mill to the line of skirmishers in front of the Second and Sixth Kentucky regiments. Arrived there, I was ordered by General Helm to open fire upon a house in an open field, distant 500 yards, for the purpose of dislodging a party of the enemy's skirmishers. The first fire was promptly responded to by a battery of the enemy posted to the right and rear of the house, and distant about 900 yards. After firing 5 rounds, my pieces were withdrawn to cover, when the enemy fire also ceased. I was then ordered to bring up the remaining three Napoleon guns and to co-operate with Captain C. H. Slocomb, also ordered up with his battery, in an effort to drive the enemy's battery from its position...A few rounds...from the two batteries sufficed to silence the enemy's guns."

"On the morning of the 19th," General John C. Breckinridge later recalled, "Slocomb, with
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
2. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of the Union and Confederate positions, in the Glass's Mill Battle Site area, in the morning of September 19, 1863.
four guns, Cobb with two, and the remainder of Helm's brigade were moved across Glass' Ford to ascertain the position of the enemy, while the two rifled pieces of Slocomb's battery, under Lieutenant Vaught, took position on a bluff upon the east side of the stream. An artillery engagement ensued, much to our advantage, until the enemy, who occupied the better position, brought forward a number of heavy guns and showed the greater weight of metal."

Major-General James Negley, commander of the second division of General Thomas' 14th Army corps of the Army of the Cumberland, wrote: "Very early in the morning [of the 19th] the enemy advanced a heavy line of skirmishers upon Beatty's front, which was a very exposed position, engaging his pickets sharply for some hours. [At] 11:30 the enemy advanced in force, planting two batteries within 400 yards of Beatty's position, which was followed by a fierce cannonading, during which Bridges' Battery, of Beatty's brigade, sustained a loss in men and horses. A part of Beatty's line was gradually driven back (but soon reestablished), I sent one regiment (Eighteenth Ohio Volunteers) and a section of Schultz's Battery, of Stanley's brigade, to his support. 12:30 p.m. Beatty repulsed the enemy."

Maps shown are by Sanford C. Kellog.
 
Erected by Talley Construction Company.
 
Marker series.
Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
3. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of the Union and Confederate positions, in the Glass's Mill Battle Site area, at noon of September 19, 1863.
This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 34° 51.234′ N, 85° 16.457′ W. Marker is near Chickamauga, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Glass Mill Road north of Bethel Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located south of the community of Chickamauga, on a rural country road, a short distance northwest of the roadway bridge over West Chickamauga Creek, adjacent to another marker that also features the Glass's Mill Battle Site. Marker is in this post office area: Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Glass's Mill Battle Site (here, next to this marker); Henderson Plantation (approx. 1.1 miles away); Crittenden Avenue (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hood Avenue (approx. 1.4 miles away); Boynton Avenue (approx. 1.4 miles away); Clarissa Hunt Plantation (approx. 1 miles away); Longstreet Avenue (approx. 1 miles away); 11th Michigan Infantry (approx. 1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chickamauga.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
4. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of the Union and Confederate positions, in the Glass's Mill Battle Site area, in the afternoon of September 19, 1863.
Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
5. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of the Union and Confederate positions, in the Glass's Mill Battle Site area, at 5:00 PM on September 19, 1863.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
6. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of the Union and Confederate positions, in the Glass's Mill Battle Site area, in the morning of September 20, 1863.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
7. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of the Union and Confederate positions, in the Glass's Mill Battle Site area, in the afternoon of September 20, 1863.
Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
8. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of the Union and Confederate positions, in the Glass's Mill Battle Site area, in the evening of September 20, 1863.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
9. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
View of the featured marker, on the left, along with the other Glass's Mill historical marker, seen on the right.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
10. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
View of the featured marker, looking east along the roadway, in the direction of the LaFayette Highway. In the background is a view of the roadway bridge over West Chickamauga Creek.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
11. Glass's Mill Battle Site Marker
View of the featured marker, looking west along the roadway, in the direction of Crawfish Springs (present day Chickamauga, Georgia).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on May 3, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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