Battery Noble

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Battery Noble (1863-1865) - A Union U.S. Civil War Battery established in 1863 in present day Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. Named Battery Noble in G.O. 37, 11 Dec 1863, after Lieutenant William Noble, Adjutant 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, who was killed in a charge on enemy rifle pits in front of Fort Sanders on 24 Nov 1863. Battery abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

History of Battery Noble

Battery Noble was one of 20 named Union fortifications surrounding Knoxville, Tennessee (8 Forts and 12 Batteries) during the U.S. Civil War. This ring of defenses was established late in 1863 to counter a Confederate threat to the city. Confederate forces attempted to capture the city in November-December 1863 and laid siege to the city. Large losses were sustained by Confederate forces attempting to take Fort Sanders and the Confederates withdrew, lifting the siege.

The Battery was hastily established in 1863 to counter the Confederate threat to the city. Located at a loop-holed house south of Kingston Road. Configured for eight gun platforms.

Battery abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Current Status

Unknown status.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 1680425


Location: Melrose Hall, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.

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Lat: 35.95472 Long: -83.93111

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