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Soldier Tourist - Point Park - Lookout Mountain, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 35° 00.560 W 085° 20.626
16S E 651123 N 3875331
Quick Description: Marker between two cannon near the museum.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 1/28/2015 8:52:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMN9Z9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:

County of marker: Hamilton County
Location of marker: E. Brow Rd., near museum, Lookout Mountain
Marker erected by: Tennessee Civil War Trails

Marker text:

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The View From the Top
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 ip Lookout Mountain to gaze out over the surrounding country-side, 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 palisdes 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. Even generals, such as Ulysses S. Grant, posed on top of the mountain.

Type of site: Battlefield

1110 East Brow Road
Look Mountain, TN USA

Phone Number: (423) 821-2812

Admission Charged: $5 or less

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
Now this is tricky. The best bet is to sart up the mountain and at Ruby Falls, park take the incline and easy from there, but you have to walk some. Driving all the way up is confusing because homes and sub-divided road ways circle and zig and zag all around the mount. Be patient and eventually you get to the top.

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