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

Battle of Missionary Ridge

 
 
Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
1. Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker
Inscription.
Undaunted Union infantry
fought their way
to the crest

On November 25, 1863, the Union army under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant made its final moves to destroy the Confederate forces on Missionary Ridge, the long ridge in the distance. Following unsuccessful attacks on the left and right, Grant ordered Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas' troops in the center to seize the Confederate rifle-pits at the base of the ridge.

The Federals stormed the rifle-pits, and drove the retreating Confederates up the slopes. Then, under heavy fire from above, and without orders, the Union infantry pushed up the ridge. The Confederates, outnumbered and in a poor defensive position, abandoned the ridge and retreated into Georgia.

The Union victory on Missionary Ridge left Chattanooga firmly in Union hands, and set the stage for Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's advance against Atlanta in the spring.

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The battles for Chattanooga culminated with the Union victory at Missionary Ridge, visible ahead. In this historic engraving, Federals overwhelm a Confederate battery on the crest.

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On the afternoon of November 25, 1863, Union forces pushed up the west slopes of Missionary Ridge,
Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
2. Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker
Close-up view of the picture displayed on the marker showing the Union troops attacking a Confederate battery on the crest of the ridge.
driving the routed Confederates off the ridge.


 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
 
Location. 35° 0.753′ N, 85° 20.619′ W. Marker is in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Point Park Road north of East Brow Road. 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); Battle Above the Clouds (a few steps from this marker); Lookout Valley and Browns Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend (a few steps from this marker); 29th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Cobham's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Point Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Lookout Mountain Trails (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
3. Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker
Close-up view of the battlefield map displayed on the marker.
Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
4. Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker
View of the historic marker affixed to the retaining wall surrounding the museum observation deck, with a very distant view of Missionary Ridge in the background.
Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
5. Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker
View, looking northwest, of the historic marker affixed to the retaining wall surrounding the museum observation deck, with a distant view of both the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga.
Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
6. Battle of Missionary Ridge Marker
View, looking east, of the historic marker affixed to the retaining wall surrounding the museum observation deck, with a view of the eastern exit of the observation deck.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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