The Battle of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, TN
ied Stevenson could see the Federal guns on Moccasin Point across the bend of the Tennessee River commanding his entire position. His own guns atop the palisades would prove to be no match for the heavy Union artillery massed against him.


Lookout: Craven's Farmhouse

Closer in, he could also see the bench and the Cravens farmhouse where he had eight regiments quartered, protected by some rudimentary breastworks. (farmhouse not visible here)


Lookout: Lookout Creek

Looking west on November 23, 1863, he saw a large mass of Union troops across Lookout Creek at the base of the ridge, Osterhaus busily placing more artillery positions on those little knolls. Stevenson had a picket line down there by the stream, plus another line on the west edge of the bench, but his strength was no match for Hooker's: six brigades against two divisions and two brigades.


Lookout: crude trenches

The men in Stevenson's upper picket line had cobbled together crude trenches in the rocks, but these were inadequate. They expected the Federal attack up the mountain from the west, to the right of the frame, but in fact it came first from the south, straight ahead in this shot.


Lookout: precipice

On the morning of 24 November Stevenson's regiment of sharpshooters on top of the ridge looked down this precipice to the west, but could not see anyone to shoot at because of ground fog and low clouds. Geary's Federal division swept by them from left to right, coming up to the bench at the north end and flanking the surprised upper rebel picket line.


Lookout: terrain

Osterhaus's division charged up the mountain to join Geary as he swept by and rounded the north end of the ridge. The terrain was steep and rocky, a difficult climb.


Lookout: Craven farmhouse

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