Field Artillery-Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park - Fort Oglethorpe GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 34° 56.417 W 085° 15.600
16S E 658901 N 3867802
Quick Description: In front of you are examples of six types of muzzle-loading field guns used at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. The iron and bronze tubes are authentic Civil War pieces; the carriages are reproductions. More than 200 other cannon visible on the battlefield today were placed by veterans in the 1890s. These guns mark the positions of batteries during the fighting.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 9/23/2020 2:29:21 PM
Waymark Code: WM135YF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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Field Artillery-Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park--
These guns are among the types used here in 1863

Artillery, together with infantry and cavalry was one of the most important branches of a Civil War army. The big guns could easily devastate assaulting infantrymen, who often advanced in mass formations, should-to-shoulder.

At Chickamauga, artillery batteries were handicapped by woods and undergrowth which limited visibility and maneuverability. The guns were most effective when used behind breastworks overlooking open fields.

In front of you are examples of six types of muzzle-loading field guns used at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. The iron and bronze tubes are authentic Civil War pieces; the carriages are reproductions. More than 200 other cannon visible on the battlefield today were placed by veterans in the 1890s. These guns mark the positions of batteries during the fighting.

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Bridges’ Independent Company of Illinois Light Artillery drills in camp at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in the spring of 1863. This Union battery later fought in the Battle of Chickamauga and Chattanooga.

An experienced six-man crew could fire a field gun up to four times a minute, following a strict procedure. Note the sequence demonstrated in the photo: the gun crew on the far left begins to load, while the crew on the far right stands ready to fire.

LOCATION: Marker is in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker can be reached from Lafayette Road south of McFarland Gap Road, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3356 Lafayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America.
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