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In Their Own Words

November 25, 1863

Civil War Soldier Witnessed Battle on Lookout Mountain

A Georgia soldier wrote to his sister about witnessing the battle on Lookout Mountain.

“…had a splendid view of the contest raging on the mountain. I had thought it impossible to carry these works and was amazed to see our troops steadily driven up the mountain side. I could see the flash of every gun and the lines of battle, and it was with the utmost interest that we noticed the struggle. It was key to the whole valley and carried by the enemy. Our left wing was turned, and the valley was untenable. About 12 o’clock at night, the firing ceased and we knew the Yankees were in possession. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 280.