Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Preston Smith Memorial Shell Monument
—Cheatham's Division —
Brigadier General, C.S.A.
Killed Here About 7 P.M.
September 19, 1863
Erected 1893 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-463.)
Location. 34° 55.28′ N, 85° 14.629′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Alexanders Bridge Road east of Brotherton Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This monument is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield. The monument is located along a park hiking trail that runs through a section of park land, off the southwest corner of the intersection of Alexanders Bridge Road and Brotherton Road. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service the, "Monument located within the Chickamauga Battlefield in the woods southeast of intersection of Alexander Bridge Road and Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 77th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Smith's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 29th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Dodge's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 79th Illinois Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 20th Ohio Battery (about 300 feet away); 30th Indiana Infantry (about 400 feet away); Joe L. Campbell Memorial (about 400 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, "14'10" per side at base and 10' high, the monument consists of a pyramid of cannonballs set in cement & painted black, resting on a triangular molded limestone base. Attached to pyramid is a painted metal plaque identifying the site."
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).”
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 March 26, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 17, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6. submitted on December 10, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.