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Lookout Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Battle Above the Clouds

 
 
Battle Above the Clouds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
1. Battle Above the Clouds Marker
Inscription.
Hooker's troops
drove the Confederates
from Lookout Mountain

On November 24, 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, the Union commander, ordered Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's forces to storm Lookout Mountain. Hooker's men swept up the western slope of the mountain from your left, and then charged around the base of these cliffs to you right.

The battle reached its high point near the Cravens House just below these cliffs to your right. The outnumbered Confederates were repeatedly pushed back.

Because fog enveloped the mountain most of the day, soldiers nicknamed the Battle of Lookout Mountain the "Battle Above the Clouds." That night the Confederates retreated across Chattanooga Creek to Missionary Ridge.

[Caption for the picture displayed on the marker]:

James Walker, a battle eyewitness, painted this interpretation of the Battle Above the Clouds in 1874.

General Hooker, directing the Union assault, rides a white horse in the foreground. (Hooker was located in the valley to your left.) In the background you can see the summit of Lookout Mountain where you are now standing.
 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
 
Location.
Battle Above the Clouds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
2. Battle Above the Clouds Marker
Close-up view of the picture displayed on the historic marker.
35° 0.757′ N, 85° 20.624′ W. Marker is in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Point Park Road north of East Brow Road when traveling north. Click for map. This historic marker is located in Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, at the Ochs Museum, on the museum observation deck, at the point of Lookout Mountain. Marker is in this post office area: Lookout Mountain TN 37350, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge (here, next to this marker); Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend (a few steps from this marker); 29th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Missionary Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Lookout Valley and Browns Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Cobham's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Point Hotel (a few steps from this marker); 111th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle Above the Clouds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
3. Battle Above the Clouds Marker
View of the historic marker affixed to the observation deck's retaining wall, with a distant view of the Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend in the background.
Battle Above the Clouds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
4. Battle Above the Clouds Marker
View looking west of the historic marker on the Ochs Museum observation deck.
Battle Above the Clouds nearby plaque base of the cliffs image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1984
5. Battle Above the Clouds nearby plaque base of the cliffs
Twenty Ninth Regiment
Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
Colonel William Rickards, Jr. Commanding
Cobham's Brigade, Geary's Division
Slocum's Twelfth Corps
Hooker's Detatchment
From The Army Of The Potomac
(bottom of etching)
Battle Above The Clouds
Battle Above the Clouds Detail image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1984
6. Battle Above the Clouds Detail
Colonel William Rickards, Jr. and troops.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 692 times since then and 63 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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