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

Soldier Tourists

The View from the Top

 
 
Soldier Tourists Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
1. Soldier Tourists Marker
Inscription. Both the Confederate and the Union soldiers who fought in and around Chattanooga were struck by the region's scenic beauty. During the Union army's occupation of Chattanooga (November 1863 - Summer 1865), countless men hiked up Lookout Mountain to gaze out over the surrounding countryside, have their pictures taken for the folks back home, and walk through the mountain's rock formations. They no doubt shared the opinion of Elias Cornelius, a Congregationalist minister who wrote of the view in 1818, "The summit of Lookout Mountain overlooks the whole country ... with the view of an interminable forest, penetrated by the windings of a bold river, interspersed with hundreds of verdant prairies and broken by many ridges and mountains ... [providing] a landscape which yields to few others in extent, variety, or beauty."

Many of the soldiers posed atop the "palisades" at the northern end of Lookout Mountain's summit. In 1868, William F.G. Shanks, a Northern journalist, described the palisades as "a ridge of dark, cold, gray rocks, bare even of moss, which rise to the height of fifty or sixty feet, overhanging, arch-like, the beholder who looks up at them from their base; and which, seen from the valley, have the appearance of a crown encircling a human brow." Umbrella Rock on the palisades was an especially popular spot for photographs.
Soldier Tourists Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
2. Soldier Tourists Marker
View looking north along East Brow Road of the historic marker in front of "the Battles for Chattanooga Museum," with a distant view of the entrance to the N.P.S.'s "Point Park" at the end of the street.
Even generals, such as Ulysses S. Grant, posed on top of the mountain.
 
Erected by the Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 0.555′ N, 85° 20.625′ W. Marker is in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on East Brow Road south of Point Park Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This historic marker is on the top of Lookout Mountain, very near the "Point Park" facility run by the National Park Service at the northern most end of the mountain, and in front of the commercially run facility, "The Battles for Chattanooga Museum.". Marker is at or near this postal address: 1110 East Brow Road, Lookout Mountain TN 37350, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Artillery (a few steps from this marker); The Battles for Chattanooga (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Point Park (about 300 feet away); Stevenson's Division (about 300 feet away); Occupation of the Summit of Lookout (about 500 feet away); Union Casualties
Soldier Tourists Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
3. Soldier Tourists Marker
Another view of the historic marker situated between two cannon, in front of the Battles for Chattanooga Museum, along East Brow Road.
(about 500 feet away); Confederate Casualties (about 500 feet away); 96th Illinois Infantry (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
Also see . . .
1. Images for umbrella Rock Tennessee. This is a link to images of Umbrella Rock provided by Google. (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Images for point park lookout mountain. This is a link to images of Point Park provided by Google. (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Umbrella Rock image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
4. Umbrella Rock
View of Umbrella Rock, which is discussed on the marker as having been a popular site for soldiers, and past generations of tourists, to have their pictures taken.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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