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

The Final Struggle Begins

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
1. The Final Struggle Begins Marker
The display on this historical marker shows the view of "Lookout Mountain," the "Chattanooga National Cemetery," and the "Site of Fort Wood" as seen from the top of Orchard Knob.
Inscription. Just before 2pm on November 23, 1863, Southern soldiers were alarmed by what unfolded before them. On the outskirts of Fort Wood and Chattanooga, upward of 20,000 Union soldiers formed in dense lines opposite just 600 Confederates stationed where you now stand.

Suddenly, the rat-a-tat-tat of drums, the blare of bugles, and the yell of officers cut through the silent afternoon.

The mass of men surged forward in one grand motion. Like a great blue wave, Union soldiers crashed around the knob, sending its Confederate defenders scurrying toward Missionary Ridge (to your rear).

As the sun sank below the horizon, the first of three days of desperate fighting ended with the Stars and Stripes waving triumphantly over Orchard Knob.
 
Erected by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
 
Location. 35° 2.365′ N, 85° 16.44′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Orchard Knob Avenue north of Ivy Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, in the city of Chattanooga, a little less than a mile west of Missionary Ridge. It is situated on the crest of the Orchard Knob Reservation,
The Final Struggle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
2. The Final Struggle Begins Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground with an actual view of "Lookout Mountain," the "Chattanooga National Cemetery," and the "Site of Fort Wood" in the distant background.
National Military Park and is positioned along the high ground of the pathway that leads to the crest of the hill from the park entrance at the corner of Ivy Street and Orchard Knob Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fourth Army Corps. (here, next to this marker); Union Casualties (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Casualties (a few steps from this marker); New Jersey (within shouting distance of this marker); Fourteenth Army Corps. (within shouting distance of this marker); Illinois State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Chattanooga. (within shouting distance of this marker); The State of Maryland (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Final Struggle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
3. The Final Struggle Begins Marker
View of the illustration showing "The Capture of Orchard Knob" that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Final Struggle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
4. The Final Struggle Begins Marker
View of the historical marker situated along the park pathway that leads to the summit of Orchard Knob.
The Final Struggle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
5. The Final Struggle Begins Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 27 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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