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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Govan's Brigade

Cleburne's Division

 

óBreckinridge's Corps ó

 
Govan's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Govan's Brigade Marker
Inscription.
Govan's Brigade
Cleburne's Division
Colonel Daniel C. Govan

November 25, 1863

2nd, 15th and 24th Arkansas - Lieutenant Colonel E. Warfield
5th and 13th Arkansas - Colonel John E. Murray
6th and 7th Arkansas - Lieutenant Colonel Peter Snyder
8th and 19th Arkansas - Lieutenant Colonel A. S. Hutchinson

This brigade with Douglas' Battery, Lieutenant John H. Bingham, commanding, was established late Nov. 24th on the spur extending eastwardly from this position its left being near this point. Throughout the battle of November 25th the brigade and battery had a direct fire down the valley and an oblique fire upon the slopes, by which the enemy's left persistently assaulted Tunnel Hill. After the second charge on this position. The 2nd, 15th and 24th Arkansas consolidated under Lieutenant Colonel E. Warfield, were detached from the left of the brigade and posted in support of Swett's Battery on top of Tunnel Hill, and there took active part in the desperate fighting until the close of the battle, capturing a battle flag during a counter charge, and aided in capturing several hundred prisoners. Two of Swett's 12 pounders were sent to Douglas' Battery. When the Union forces at the center carried Missionary Ridge the brigade was dispatched to cover the Shallowford Road, and
Trailhead to the missing Govan's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
2. Trailhead to the missing Govan's Brigade Marker
To get to the site of this missing tablet use the National Military Park's trailhead that has an opening near the northern end of Durand Avenue.
later withdrew by that route.
 
Erected 1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-374.)
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 35° 4.147′ N, 85° 14.266′ W. Marker was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker could be reached from Durand Avenue north of Lightfoot Mill Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This missing tablet was located beside a walking trail that goes along the lower eastern slopes of the Sherman Reservation. Marker was in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Cleburne's Division (here, next to this marker); Polk's Brigade (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Cleburne's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 37th Ohio Infantry (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 30th Ohio Infantry (about 600 feet away); Lowrey's Brigade (about 700 feet away); 80th Ohio Infantry (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. For years I have been attempting to locate and reach several
Trailhead to the missing Govan's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
3. Trailhead to the missing Govan's Brigade Marker
View through the opening into the National Military Park's woods, where the trailhead is located. Note that upon viewing into the woods from the trailhead, one can immediately see a Confederate tablet.
isolated Confederate tablets in the Sherman Reservation, but I was using the traditional walking trails for attempting to locate these tablets. This year, instead of using the traditional points of entering and exiting the Sherman Reservation, I was able to use the trailhead that began near the end of Durand Avenue, to enter into the Sherman Reservation and immediately found these tablets that I had been trying to locate for years, including I believe the site of this missing tablet.

In discussing the probable location of this tablet with the National Military Park historian, Jim Ogden, and consulting the National Park Service records, it was concluded that this tablet was originally located right beside the Polk's Brigade tablet. Further, it was assumed that the Govan's Brigade tablet was somehow damaged and then removed from its original mounting. Then it is believed that someone in the National Park Service decided not to leave this particular tablet mounting empty, even if it meant putting the wrong tablet (the faulty Cleburne's Division tablet) on the mounting.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Govan's Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2017
4. Govan's Brigade Marker
Immediately upon stepping into the woods at the park's trailhead, off of Durand Avenue, this is the view that one will see. The far right tablet is the featured tablet that was once the missing Govan's Brigade tablet and is now the wrong Cleburne's Division tablet.
The Text from the Govanís Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2017
5. The Text from the Govanís Brigade Marker
View of page 374 from the National Park Services record book on the Chattanooga - Chickamauga listings of classified structures, which is kept in the Chickamauga Battlefield Park's Visitor Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 13, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   2. submitted on July 31, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3, 4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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