Tag Archives: Braxton Bragg

Lookout Mountain park commemorates the November 1863 “Battle Above the Clouds”

Point Park on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee rates among my favorite Civil War sites. Made famous during the November 24, 1863 Battle Above the Clouds (one battle that Joe Hooker did right), this ragged spur on the mountain’s north-facing summit gained perhaps greater fame from the photographs taken immediately afterwards. Its dramatic outline dominating […]

Tullahoma Campaign history written in a Confederate cemetery

About halfway between Chattanooga and Murfreesboro exists a cemetery containing soldiers killed during the Tullahoma Campaign. And, as I learned, few cemeteries provide so much information about the fighting that put these men in their graves. Headed to Murfreesboro from Chattanooga on Interstate 24, my son, Chris, and I came through Hoover’s Gap and approached […]

The monumental soldier, Part 2

The Maine soldier responsible for the construction of the nation’s first privately funded Civil War monument trekked from battlefield to battlefield across the Upper South before returning to the Pine Tree State. Amidst the miserable weather engulfing the Shiloh battlefield after sunset on April 6, 1862, the 19th U.S. Infantry regulars commanded by Stephen Decatur […]