On this day in 1863 the famous “Battle Above the Clouds” took place high atop Lookout Mountain just west of Chattanooga, TN. General Joseph Hooker commanded the right flank of General Grant’s army and was determined to sweep the 3,000 Confederates off the mountain. On the morning of November 24, 1863 Hooker’s 10,000 men crossed Lookout Creek and began the 1, 400 ft., climb up the fog-shrouded mountain. At around 11 A.M. the Yankees made contact with the Rebels atop the mountain but the outnumbered Confederates had no choice but to retreat back into the dense fog. The all-day battle resulted in 408 Union casualties and 1,251 Confederate. That night a total lunar eclipse helped screen Confederate General Bragg’s troops who were moving over to Missionary Ridge for one last stand against Grant.
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