Lookout Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle Above the Clouds
drove the Confederates
from Lookout Mountain
On November 24, 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, the Union commander, ordered Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's forces to storm Lookout Mountain. Hooker's men swept up the western slope of the mountain from your left, and then charged around the base of these cliffs to you right.
The battle reached its high point near the Cravens House just below these cliffs to your right. The outnumbered Confederates were repeatedly pushed back.
Because fog enveloped the mountain most of the day, soldiers nicknamed the Battle of Lookout Mountain the "Battle Above the Clouds." That night the Confederates retreated across Chattanooga Creek to Missionary Ridge.
[Caption for the picture displayed on the marker]:
James Walker, a battle eyewitness, painted this interpretation of the Battle Above the Clouds in 1874.
General Hooker, directing the Union assault, rides a white horse in the foreground. (Hooker was located in the valley to your left.) In the background you can see the summit of Lookout Mountain where you are now standing.
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
Location. Touch for map. This historic marker is located in Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, at the Ochs Museum, on the museum observation deck, at the point of Lookout Mountain. Marker is 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 marker. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge (here, next to this marker); Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend (here, next to this marker); 29th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Missionary Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Lookout Valley and Browns Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Cobham's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Point Hotel (a few steps from this marker); 111th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 120 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week November 24, 2013. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5. submitted on September 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6. submitted on November 23, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.