Monument

Fourth Battery, Indiana Light Artillery Tablet

Sept. 20, 1863

Battle of Chickamauga



Fourth Battery, Indiana Light Artillery Tablet, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2011/03/02 11:04:20
1. Fourth Battery, Indiana Light Artillery Tablet
 

Inscription:
Fourth Battery, Indiana Light Artillery.
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 Confederate gun brought off. Total Casualties: 1 officer wounded and captured; 1 enlisted man killed; 16 wounded and 4 missing; Lost 1 James rifle; 2 gun carriages; 3 caissons; 34 horses.




Fourth Battery, Indiana Light Artillery Tablet, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2011/03/02 11:04:28
2. Fourth Battery, Indiana Light Artillery Tablet
 


Classification
Allegiance: Union
Type: Tablet (plaque)
Level: Company/Battery
Military Arm: Artillery




Location of the monument:
This monument is visible from the road. It is located at N 34° 55.9046  W 85° 15.277. Map it

Parking is available on Battleline Road .



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NPS/SIRIS Data:
This monument is recorded in the National Park Service database as structure MT-730.



Comments about this monument:
The plaques on the Chickamauga Battlefield were installed by the War Department in 1890. This plaque is blue indicating it is for a Federal unit. Plaques are listed in the NPS List of Classified Structures as a batch input, Structure Number HS-Batch-3.


Fourth Battery, Indiana Light Artillery Tablet, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2011/03/02 11:04:57
3. Fourth Battery, Indiana Light Artillery Tablet
 


Credits:

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