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

Re-Opening the Tennessee River

 
 
Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker
Inscription. After Chickamauga, the Confederates by holding Lookout Mountain and Valley, closed the river line of supplies. Rosecrans' plan for its re-opening was to move Hooker's force from Bridgeport into Lookout Valley, Gen. W. F. Smith to co-operate from Chattanooga by seizing Brown's Ferry, on the Tennessee River.
At 3 A.M. Oct. 27, 1863, fifty boats carrying 1500 men of Hazen's Brigade, started from Chattanooga, floated undiscovered past the Confederate pickets, landed at Brown's Ferry about 5 o'clock, seized the gorge, and with the assistance of Turchin's Brigade from the opposite shore, occupied the crests above and below the ferry after a short engagement.
Gen. Hooker with the 11th Corps and Geary's Division of the 12th marched from Bridgeport the morning of the 27th, the head of the column reaching Brown's Ferry at 5 P.M. of the 28th.
Geary's Division, six regiments halted for the night at the junction of the Kelly's Ferry Road.
Geary was unsuccessfully attacked at midnight by Jenkin's Brigade (six regiments) of Longstreet's troops, the latter withdrawing at 3 A.M. on account of the advance of the 11th Corps to Geary's assistance.
Lookout Valley thenceforth remained in Union possession and the river line of supplies was open via Brown's Ferry and the short wagon haul thence to Chattanooga.
 
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Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the National Park Service., July 27, 2017
2. Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker
Aerial view of the eight tablets that were once situated atop "The Point" on Lookout Mountain.
1890 by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number MT-14.)
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 35° 0.759′ N, 85° 20.628′ W. Marker was in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker could be reached from Point Park Road north of East Brow Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This tablet was located in Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, just beyond the Ochs Museum and the museum observation deck, on the rock surface that makes up "The Point" of Lookout Mountain. Marker was 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 location. Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend (here, next to this marker); Cobham's Brigade (here, next to this marker); Battle Above the Clouds (here, next to this marker); 29th Pennsylvania Infantry (here, next to this marker); Lookout Valley and Browns Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge (a few steps from this marker); 111th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Point Hotel (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
More about this marker. When standing on the Ochs Museum observation deck,
Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the National Park Service., July 27, 2017
3. Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker
Closer aerial view of the eight tablets that were once situated atop "The Point" on Lookout Mountain.
and looking at the rock surface of "The Point" of Lookout Mountain, that the museum is situated upon, there used to be eight tablets located across the rock surface of "The Point." When looking left to right, this tablet was the second of the eight tablets that were situated there.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the National Park Service., July 28, 2017
4. Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker
View of the picture where the National Military Park's historian, Jim Ogden, identified each of the long missing eight tablets.
Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2017
5. Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker
A present day view of "The Point," as seen from the observation deck of the Ochs Museum, shows where this tablet was once situated.
Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington
6. Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker
View of the double of this tablet that is currently situated over on Cameron Hill.
Entrance to Point Park image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2017
7. Entrance to Point Park
View of the entrance to "The Point" National Military Park, where this tablet is located.
The Text from the Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2017
8. The Text from the Re-Opening the Tennessee River Marker
View of page 14 from the National Park Services record book on the Chattanooga - Chickamauga listings of classified structures, which is kept in the Chickamauga Battlefield Park's Visitor Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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