Darden’s Mississippi Battery (CSA) Plaque - Chickamauga National Battlefield
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N 34° 55.285 W 085° 15.671
16S E 658830 N 3865708
Quick Description: The Darden’s Mississippi Battery is located in Poe's Field on Lafayette Road. The plaque describes the action on Sept. 20, 1863.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 12/5/2014 3:17:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMN14K
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
This plaque is dedicated to Darden’s Mississippi Battery commanded by Captain Putman Dardenin recognition of their service during the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. The plaque describes the action on Sept. 20, 1863. This is the only monument to Darden’s Mississippi Battery on the battlefield.

Text on the first plaque reads:
Darden’s Mississippi Battery.
4 Napoleons.
Williams’ Artillery Battalion.
September 20, 1863

Capt. Putman Darden, Commanding.
1st Lieut. H. W. Bullen.
1st Lieut. F. W. Coleman.
2d Lieut. C. B. Richardson.

The battery crossed the Chickamauga with the Battalion at Alexander’s bridge morning of the 19th, was held as the reserve artillery of Buckner’s Corps, in took position in rear of this line, where the battery remained most the day at times under heavy artillery fire but not engaged.

On the morning of the 20th near noon the battery moved forward taking several positions without firing till about 5 P.M. when by order of Gen. Longstreet under the direction of Maj. Porter, Buckner’s Chief of Artillery, the battery was placed in position on this ground and opened fire on the enemy who was crossing the road from his left to his right near the Kelly house, continuing the fire until Gen. Stewart’s Division advanced beyond the battery front. As the Division advanced, Gen. Buckner conducted this battery to the Kelly field. Where, firing having ceased, it bivouacked. Casualties of the battle: 1 enlisted man killed and 2 wounded; 8 horses killed and 2 wounded.

From the NRHP nomination form:

  Structure Number: MT-1330.

My Sources
1. Wikipedia - Battle of Chickamauga
2. The Civil War Home - The Chickamauga Campaign - Confederate Order of Battle
3. CWBFM - Darden’s Mississippi Battery (CSA) Plaque

Trailhead Graphics, Inc. has produced a map of the Chickamauga Battlefield showing the locations of all of the monuments and the markers on the battlefield. Each location on the map has a number associated with it that cross-references to an index on the back of the map that has the name of the marker (called the Chick-Chatt NMP monument numbering system). This number corresponds to the structure Number listed on the NPS List of Classified Structures that is normally prefixed with the letters MT for the Chickamauga Battlefield.

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Confederate

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