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This Day in Georgia History

November 24, 1863

Battle of Lookout Mountain

Just south of Chattanooga, Tenn., Confederate forces defending Lookout Mountain watched as Union forces under Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker launched an assault up the mountain’s steep slopes. During the Battle of Lookout Mountain (also known as the Battle Above the Clouds), there was fierce fighting by both sides. However, by nightfall, Union troops had taken the northern crest of the long plateau that extends southward into Georgia. No longer would Confederate batteries be able to control traffic on the Tennessee River below.