Lookout Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Medal of Honor Heritage Trail
Lookout Mountain - November - 1863
Henry Alanson Barnum joined the U.S. army as a Captain in 1861. He was badly wounded at Malvern Hill. After recovery he became Colonel of the 149th New York Infantry. He was later compelled to leave the unit for medical treatment. He rejoined the Regiment at Wauhatchie two weeks before the Lookout Mountain Battle. At the start of the battle he was still scarcely able to march with the regiment from the effects of wounds yet unhealed. Nevertheless, he insisted on leading from the front, inciting the men to greater action by words and example, he received a musket ball through the right fore-arm, totally disabled him from proceeding farther.
Sergeant John Kiggins entered the army and became the flag bearer for Company D in the 149th New York Infantry Regiment. At the start of the Lookout Mountain Battle, a thick fog near the creak made visibility very limited. Full scale fighting broke out, and the fog thickened to the point that visibility
Norman Potter joined the army at the start of the war, and became the First Sergeant of Company E, 149th New York Infantry Regiment. At Lookout Mountain, Lieutenant Colonel Randall reported, “One [Confederate battle flag] was taken from the hands of the rebel sergeant who carried it by First Sergeant Norman F. Potter, Company E, while in advance of our line, and near the beginning of the felled timber beyond the rebel camps on Lookout Mountain. He disarmed the sergeant and passed him to the rear a prisoner. Sergeant Potter was afterward severely wounded and is now in the hospital.”
At the start of the war, Peter Kappesser joined the 149th New York Infantry Regiment. On Lookout Mountain he captured a Confederate battle flag while rescuing a wounded comrade. In the cold of that night, Private Kappesser used his captured Confederate flag as a scarf around his neck and continued to do so until the end of the battle at Missionary Ridge, whereupon he gave the flag to the commander
This sign made possible by the Benwood Foundation
Erected by The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History Foundation.
Location. 35° 0.434′ N, 85° 20.273′ W. Marker is in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Scenic Highwy (Tennessee Route 148) south of Willingham Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The Marker is in the parking lot of Mountain Memories Gift Shop. Marker is at or near this postal address: 906 Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga TN 37409, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cravens House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevenson's Division (approx. ¼ mile away); Clayton's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Pettus' Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Walthall's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Final Line (approx. ¼ mile away); Moore's Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Soldier Tourists (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
Also see . . . Medal of Honor Heritage Trail. (Submitted on May 31, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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