An Unidentified Woman Seated On Lookout Mountain Circa 1860’s
Tennessee State Library and Archives-Civil War Women
Ulysses S. Grant would write in his memoirs: ”The Battle of Lookout Mountain is one of the romances of the war. There was no such battle and no action even worthy to be called a battle on Lookout Mountain. It is all poetry.”
Lookout Mountain rises 1700 feet above the Tennessee Valley, its steep sides protruding to the sky. On the northern end the mountain is surrounded on three sides by a near vertical rock wall that has afforded protection to the occupants of the top for hundreds of years.
The mountain is known for a weather phenomenon that occurs from 3-5 times a year. A layer of fog forms around the bottom of Lookout Mountain then begins to rise, sometimes engulfing the entire mountain. This rising fog has been written about since the first settlers visited the area before 1735. On November_24, 1863, this weather anomaly set in, creating the most poetic name for any battle in the American Civil War, The Battle Above the Clouds.
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