The Battle Above the Clouds

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Wednesday November 17

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Online registration for this program closes at 5:00pm the day before. 

Virtual program - Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event.

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Speaker: Mr. Dave Powell

The Battle of Lookout Mountain, fought on November 24th, 1863, may be the best-known small battle of the entire Civil War. The battle's nickname is evocative and Lookout Mountain is itself a major tourist draw across the Southeast United States, and not just for its role during the conflict. But how many of those visitors really understand what happened there on that foggy day in 1863? Many who go to the crest of the mountain don't realize that they aren't on the actual battlefield; the fighting took place on the lower slopes, not the peak. 

The battle is further obscured by the fact that the Union assault forces were commanded by Joseph Hooker, a general who was not on particularly good terms with his commander, Ulysses S. Grant: a reason why Grant later belittled the fighting as mere "poetry". But Lookout Mountain was a real fight and an amazing feat. Hooker's and his men's success here is worthy of a closer look, the better to understand what occurred there, just outside Chattanooga, with the assembled forces of no less than four armies - three Federal and one Confederate - observing the outcome. 

Class cancellations can happen if enrollment minimums are not met two days prior to the class. If your class is canceled you will be contacted via phone or email.