The Civil War, Day by Day

Battle Above the Clouds

Battle of Chattanooga

The southerners furiously fought back repeated Union charges, turning every rock and fallen tree into a defensive position. By late afternoon, the exhausted gray defenders, including Walthall’s decimated brigade, marched off the mountain. And as night fell, campfires from Union positions lit up the mountainside, boldly announcing its passing into Union possession. The following day, General Hooker congratulated his troops. “The triumphs of yesterday. . . with the successful results, will be remembered as long as the giant peak of Lookout shall be (your) mute but eloquent monument,” he said.

Today the mountain stands in silent testimony to the bravery of Americans, north and south, who fought the “Battle Above the Clouds.”

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