Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
4th Indiana Battery
—Baird's Division —
2 Napoleons, 2 12 Pounder Howitzers, 2 James Rifles.
Starkweather's Brigade, Baird's Division, Thomas' Corps.
September 20, 1863.
2d Lieutenant Henry J. Willits, Commanding
2d Lieutenant Willis H. Pettit.
The Battery came into position on this line at 3 a.m. with two guns in the center of Brigade, two guns on the left and two guns in reserve, and hastily constructed barricades. While holding this position the line was subjected to repeated assaults by the enemy until afternoon. The battery changed position as circumstances required, firing to the east, northeast, and north, and rendered effective service in repulsing assaults on the left of the line by an enfilade and rear fire. As the guns, limbers and caisson's were disabled by the fire of the enemy, the portions disabled were replaced from the two guns unused, thus keeping four guns in action. The Battery remained in position till ordered to retire late in the afternoon, having only three rounds of canister, and retiring under a bayonet charge of the enemy supported by his batteries. Casualties of the day: 8 men wounded and 4 missing.
The axle-trees of two James rifles were broken and one gun disabled. One 6 pounder smooth bore
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-730.)
Location. 34° 55.908′ N, 85° 15.273′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Battleline Road south of Alexander Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This tablet is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, The tablet is located near the northern end of the line of mostly Union monuments, markers, and tablets that are situated along the park's Battleline Road. 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 4th Indiana Battery (here, next to this marker); 1st Wisconsin Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 38th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 79th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Starkweather's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 94th Ohio Infantry (about 300 feet away); 2nd Kentucky Infantry Regiment (CSA) Marker (about 300 feet away); 24th Illinois Infantry (about 300 feet away). 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 marker number for this tablet and the tablet'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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 27, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.