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

Thomas’ Headquarters Shell Monument

14th Corps Thomas’

 

—Major General George H. Thomas —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2015
1. Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
Inscription.
Field Headquarters.
14th Army Corps.
Major General George H. Thomas,
Daylight, September 19, 1863.

 
Erected 1893 by the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission. (Marker Number MT-434.)
 
Location. 34° 55.529′ N, 85° 15.626′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Lafayette Road north of Poe Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, along the west side of the main roadway that runs north to south through the park. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service the, “Shell Monument is located within the Chickamauga Battlefield along the LaFayette Road, map site #138”. 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. 14th Corps Headquarter’s (a few steps from this marker); 68th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); E. King's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 101st Indiana Infantry
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By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2015
2. Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
Close-up view of the text on the monument.
(about 300 feet away); Battery H, 4th U. S. Artillery (about 400 feet away); 19th Indiana Battery (about 400 feet away); 75th Indiana Infantry (about 500 feet away); Battery M, Fourth U.S. Artillery (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
 
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “6'2" square at base and 5' high, the monument consists of a pyramid of cannonballs set in cement & painted black, resting on a molded limestone base. Attached to base is a painted metal plaque identifying the headquarters site.”

The National Park Service also identifies E. E. Betts, an engineer by occupation, as being the Designer of this monument.

I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the marker number for this monument and the monument'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,
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By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2015
3. Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
View of the monument looking north along the Lafayette Road.
and tablets on the Chickamauga Battlefield (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
 
Regarding Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument. Monument marks the location of Major General George H. Thomas' Headquarters on September 19, 1863 while commanding the 14th Army Corps of the Army of the Cumberland during the Battle of Chickamauga.
 
Also see . . .  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 April 12, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2015
4. Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
View of the monument looking south along the Lafayette Road.
Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 22, 2015
5. Thomas' Headquarters Shell Monument Marker
View of the monument looking southwest in the direction of the woods beyond the monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 24, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 25, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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