Today we drove up to Lookout Mountain to visit Point Park the site of the Civil War battle referred to as "The Battle Above the Clouds". In 1863 Union and Confederate forces fought for the control of Chattanooga, a strategic location for the winning of the war due to the rail and river access. As the Confederates were victorious at Chickamauga, renewed fighting in Chattanooga provided Union troops the victory and control of the city. After winning several battles around Chattanooga in November of 1863,the Confederates were driven south to Georgia.
|Entrance to Point Park|
|Map of Park|
|Signage Depicting Chattnooga Battles|
No actual fighting took place on Point Park, but instead on the slopes. Confederates on the top were out of the fight due to the sheer slopes and the cannons could not be angled downward to hit the Union soldiers on the slopes below.Later in the day a thick fog blankets the mountain. The confederates under order of General Bragg retreated and the next day Union soldiers planted the US Flag on Point Lookout.
|Battle of Lookout|
|Occupation of the Summit|
|Union Casualties of Chattanooga|
|Confederate Casualties of Chattanooga|
There is so much more to the history and I am only touching on the high points of some of the battles.
Artillery in the Park is historic, the views of the Cumberland Valley and Chattanooga spectacular and the history signage very informative.
|Pointed at Chattanooga|
|Lookout Valley Sign|
|View of Cumberland Valley|
|New York Peace Monument|
|Hands on the Cannon|
|View of Moccasin Bend|
|View of Chattanooga|