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

Union Occupation of the Summit

November 25, 1863

 
 
Union Occupation of the Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
1. Union Occupation of the Summit Marker
Inscription. No Union troops gained the top of Lookout Mountain during the battle. Before daylight the next morning thereafter, General Whitaker, commanding brigade in Cruft's Division of the Fourth Corps, called for volunteers from the Eighth Kentucky to scale the palisades and take the point of the mountain. It was not then known that the Confederates had withdrawn. The following responded: Captain John Wilson, Company C; Sergeant H. H. Davis, and Private William Witt, Company A; Sergeant Joseph Wagers and James G. Wood of of Company B, and Private Joel Bradley of Company I. These scaled the bluff soon after daylight and at sunrise unfurled the flag of the regiment upon the point, in full view of both armies. This force was soon followed by the Eighth Kentucky regiment, Colonel Sidney M. Barnes and a considerable number of the 96th Illinois who followed without orders; and shortly after by the whole of the Ninety-sixth Illinois, Colonel Thomas E. Champion. These regiments advanced some distance upon the top of the mountain and found that the Confederates had withdrawn.
 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Commission.
 
Location. 35° 0.763′ N, 85° 20.64′ W. Marker is in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton
Union Occupation of the Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
2. Union Occupation of the Summit Marker
View of the historical marker, on the left, situated on the slope of Lookout Mountain, at the base of the palisades.
County. Marker can be reached from Point Park Road north of East Brow Road. Click for map. This historic marker is located just below Point Park, immediately below the Ochs Museum observation deck, on a trail that runs along the base of the Lookout Mountain palisades. 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. 111th Pennsylvania Infantry (here, next to this marker); Cobham's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Lookout Mountain Trails (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); 29th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Point Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle Above the Clouds (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is located between Point Park on the top of Lookout Mountain and the Cravens House about midway on the slopes of Lookout Mountain. To get to this historical marker requires walking from either Point Park, down a series of aluminum steps, and the marker is very near the base of the steps, or walking up a trail, up the slopes of Lookout Mountain, from the Cravens House.
Union Occupation of the Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
3. Union Occupation of the Summit Marker
View of the historical marker, the second tablet on the left, situated just beneath the marker for the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry.


Because I am in my sixties, and have two bad knees, I chose to use the steps, walking down and then back up from Point Park.

Interestingly (I think), the pictures that I took and posted of this particular historical marker were taken on a foggy day, a day with similar conditions to what existed when the battle was originally fought, above the clouds.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Union Occupation of the Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
4. Union Occupation of the Summit Marker
Looking down to the base of the stairway that one would use to get to the historical marker from Point Park, at the top of Lookout Mountain.
Union Occupation of the Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
5. Union Occupation of the Summit Marker
View looking down from the top of the stairway steps that one would use to get to the historical marker from Point Park, at the top of Lookout Mountain.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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