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

Civil War in Tennessee

The Fight for Lookout Mountain

 
 
Civil War in Tennessee Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 10, 2011
1. Civil War in Tennessee Marker
Inscription. Chattanooga, nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River and the northern gateway to the Georgia railroad system, was strategically important to both the United States and the Confederacy in the Civil War. Lookout Mountain (Exits 175 and 178) was a key vantage point for military control of the river traffic and the railroads into the city.

The Union Army retreated to Chattanooga after its September 1863 defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga in north Georgia. Confederate forces surrounded the city and fortified Lookout Mountain. On November 24, the Federals captured Lookout Mountain. Charging Union soldiers expected a deadly shower of bullets. One wrote: "Every moment we expected to hear [our charge] broken by sharp shots from the rocks overhead, or by a rattling volley from the innumerable boulders in front." But they overwhelmed the Confederate defenders in a fight known as the "Battle above the Clouds" because of a thick fog that shrouded the mountain. There were about 400 Union casualties and 1,250 Confederate casualties. Two National Park Service properties, Point Park and the Cravens House, interpret the fighting and the battle's effects on local residents.

Follow the routes of the armies along the Tennessee Civil War Trails. Colorful markers at each stop tell the story of the war's interesting people, places, and
View from Lookout Mountain Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 10, 2011
2. View from Lookout Mountain
Courtesy Library of Congress
events. A free map guide to the Tennesse Trails network is available in the Welcome Center. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history of the Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Erected 2011 by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 34° 59.615′ N, 85° 23.966′ W. Marker is near Tiftonia, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 24 1.5 miles east of Exit 169 (State Highway 299), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at Tennessee's "I-24 Welcome Center Tiftonia/Hamilton County, between exits 169 (in Georgia) and 174 (in Tennessee). Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37419, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tennessee AMVETS memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Wauhatchie’s Home (approx. 1.3 miles away in Georgia); Greene's - Third Brigade (approx. 1.8 miles away); Raccoon Mountain (approx. 2 miles away); Wauhatchie (approx. 2.3 miles away); Confederate Position, 1863
Confederate prisoners at railroad depot Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 10, 2011
3. Confederate prisoners at railroad depot
Courtesy Library of Congress
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Sunset Rock (approx. 2.6 miles away); Federal Entrenchments (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tiftonia.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Storming and capture of Lookout Mountain Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 10, 2011
4. Storming and capture of Lookout Mountain
Courtesy Library of Congress
Civil War in Tennessee Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 10, 2011
5. Civil War in Tennessee Marker
a portion of the map on the marker showing locations for other Tennessee Civil War Trails marker sites in downtown Chattanooga.
Civil War in Tennessee Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 10, 2011
6. Civil War in Tennessee Marker
Looking northeast. Interstate 24 on the left.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 888 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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