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

Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
1. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker
Inscription.
You are now looking
to the northeast


In 1863, Chattanooga was a major railroad hub with a population of 2,500. In late November the city was in Union hands, while Confederate forces occupied Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Both sides struggled for control, for if the Federals cemented their grip on Chattanooga, they would have a perfect staging area for an invasion of the deep South.

A Fortified City

By late November 1863, General Grant had transformed Chattanooga into a Federal stronghold bounded by earthworks. Union forces were now ready to take the offensive.

On November 23, Grant's troops captured Orchard Knob, a hill about midway between the Union fortifications in the city and the Confederate lines on Missionary Ridge. On the following two days, the Federals pushed the Confederates from Lookout Mountain and won a decisive victory on Missionary Ridge.
 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
 
Location. 35° 0.756′ N, 85° 20.621′ W. Marker is in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Point Park Road north of East Brow
Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
2. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker
Close-up view of the text on the historic marker.
Road. 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. Battle Above the Clouds (here, next to this marker); Battle of Missionary Ridge (here, next to this marker); 29th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend (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 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
3. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker
Close-up view of the landscape photo displayed on the historic marker.
Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
4. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker
Close-up view of the photograph displayed on the marker. The caption reads, "Tents of the Union army are visible throughout Chattanooga in this photo taken in 1864 after the Confederate siege was broken. The large mountain in the background on the left is Lookout Mountain where you are now standing."
Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
5. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker
View of the historic marker affixed to the retaining wall surrounding the museum observation deck, with a distant view of the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga in the background.
Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
6. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge Marker
View looking west of the historic marker (near marker on right) on the Ochs Museum observation deck.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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