Near Lookout Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Cravens House
Federals drove the Confederates from their headquarters here
On November 24, 1863, the Union troops stormed the foggy slopes of Lookout Mountain in the famed 'Battle Above the Clouds." Federal infantry pushed the outnumbered Confederates around the north end of the mountain (to your left), and across the Cravens Terrace where you are now standing. As the Confederates fell back, the Cravens house fell into Union hands.
The skirmishing ended here about dusk, and at 2 A.M. the Confederates, short on men and ammunition, withdrew from the mountain. At dawn, Union soldiers climbed to Point Lookout just above here and planted the U.S. flag.
Picture on lower right
When Robert Cravens returned here after the battle, he found little of his home standing except the basement, the chimney, and the stone dairy. In addition to artillery damage, soldiers had stripped the house looking for souvenirs and firewood. The house you see today was rebuilt
Picture in upper center
Union infantry capture the Cravens House in this engraving from Harper's Weekly, December 26, 1863.
Erected by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1841.
Location. 35° 0.821′ N, 85° 20.504′ W. Marker is near Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Shingle Road, 0.1 miles north of Military Road. Marker is located on the grounds of the Cravens' House, a unit of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. Follow the signs from Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway (TN 148) to reach the area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lookout Mountain TN 37350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howell's Georgia Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlin's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 104th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Participation of the Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); New York (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooker's Column (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitaker's BrigadeIreland's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
Also see . . . Harper's Weekly - 26 December 1863. (Submitted on September 14, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,019 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.