battle of lookout mountain

“Oh, no, mix them up. I am tired of state’s rights.”-Maj. Gen. George Thomas in response to the question of whether to bury the Confederate dead according to state. Casualties for the Union Army during the Battles for Chattanooga (Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge) amounted to 5,824 (753 killed, 4,722 wounded, and 349 missing) of about 56,000 engaged; Confederate casualties were 6,667 (361 killed, 2,160 wounded, and 4,146 missing, mostly prisoners) of about 44,000. Southern losses may have been higher; Grant claimed 6,142 prisoners. In addition, the Union Army seized 40 cannons and 69 limbers and caissons. When a chaplain asked General Thomas whether the dead should be sorted and buried by state, Thomas replied “Mix ‘em up. I’m tired of states’ rights.” Eicher, David J. The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001 page 613 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Missionary_Ridge

The “Battle Above the Clouds,” 150 years ago today:

“Point of Lookout Mountain showing ladders used by Union soldiers at the "Battle Above The Clouds.” November 24, 1863. Photograph taken the day after the battle.“

From the series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes

Besieged in Chattanooga following their defeat at the Chickamauga in September, Union forces begin their breakout with a victory in the Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee on November 24, 1863.

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