View from Lookout Mountain

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This view from Lookout Mountain is most wonderful. From its top on a clear day seven states may be seen. To the eastward, you can see the mountains of Virginia and North and South Carolina. To the south lie Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Northward are the green fields of Kentucky. At its base lies the Tennessee River, its shining water winding in great double curves through a broad alluvial flood plain covered with rich farms and woods. The river is navigable for eight months of the year. Almost encircled by the river lies the busy city of Chattanooga. Unlike most southern cities, Chattanooga is a manufacturing center. In 1911 it adopted a commission form of government. In the far background, Missionary Ridge towers up against the sky. This lovely place was the scene of one of the decisive battles of the Civil War. After their defeat at Chickamauga (Chk´å-mô´gå), the Union forces under General Thomas took their station at Chattanooga where they were besieged by the Confederates under General Bragg. Grant and Sherman came to the rescue of Thomas. On November 23, 24 and 25, 1863, the great battle was fought. The Confederates held all the highlands. Up the mountain sides swarmed the men in Blue, up, until the clouds hid them from the view of the people below. Above the clouds the battle raged fiercely. When the Northern armies won the top of the slope the Confederates retreated. On the lower slope of Lookout Mountain may be seen the memorial cemetery where the soldier dead lie buried. Notice the cumulus clouds in the sky. What is a meandering stream? Keystone ID: 23082 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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