On Guard In Cumberland Gap
— Cumberland Gap National Historical Park —
Confederate troops watching the Gap had to stop any Union strikes that might cripple nearby saltworks, mines, and railroads vital to their war effort. Southerners also saw the Gap as a way to reclaim Kentucky and its resources for the Confederacy.
Federal commanders saw the Gap as a route to move a large army into Tennessee and cut the Confederacy in two.
Bare Wartime Mountainsides
Today a canopy of trees covers all but the steepest slopes of Cumberland Gap. This 1862 painting shows how all the trees that might interfere with clear fields of fire for cannon and rifles had been cut down in the earliest days of the war.
Erected by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gateway To Kaintuck (within shouting distance of this marker); Hiking in the Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Three States Cornerstone (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line in Tennessee); Iron Furnace (about 400 feet away); Russell Berkau 1867 - 1936 (about 500 feet away in Tennessee); Cumberland Gap (approx. 0.2 miles away in Tennessee); Cumberland Gap Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away in Tennessee); Boone Trail Highway Marker (approx. 0.3 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ewing.
Also see . . . Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on December 22, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 20, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.