Sunday, June 18, 2017

lookout mtn

This is the view that the southern army had overlooking Chattanooga during the war between the states.  This is Lookout Mountain and it is part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga Battlefield Park run by the National Park Service.  The view from the top is spectacular and from this viewpoint high above the city the southern army was able to keep track of the movements of the northern army.

The mountain offered a natural defense line and the army, under General Braxton Bragg, was able to hold off the enemy...for a while.  Eventually the northern army broke through the lines and continued their march toward Atlanta.  Chattanooga, like Atlanta, was (and is) a major rail hub and it was important to gain control of the city.  The island in the distance is called Moccasin Island because it is shaped like the slipper of the same name.  The mountain has many stacked rock formations.  No climbing, though!!  There are hiking paths and picnic areas here and it's a great place to enjoy the outdoors...and the history.

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