TN -- Chattanooga Natl Military Park -- Cravens House:
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Description of Subject Matter: Robert Cravens, an ironmaster, built the first house on this site in 1856. Seven years later, in the fall of 1863, Confederate troops occupied Lookout Mountain, and Cravens' house became the headquarters of Confederate Brig. Gen. Edward C. Walthall.
On November 24, 1863, the Union troops stormed the foggy slopes of Lookout Mountain in the famed "Battle Above the Clouds." Federal infantry pushed the out-numbered Confederates around the north end of the mountain, and across the Cravens Terrace. As the Confederates fell back, the Cravens house fell into Union hands.
The skirmishing ended near here about dusk, and at 2 a.m. the Confederates, short of men and ammunition, withdrew from the mountain. At dawn, Union soldiers climbed to Point Lookout just above here and planted the U.S. flag.
When Robert Cravens returned here after the battle, he found little of his home standing except the basement, the chimney, and the stone dairy. In addition to artillery damage, soldiers had stripped the house looking for souvenirs and firewood. The house you see today was rebuilt by Cravens on the same site.
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1997 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 1997 I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. Apparently I wasn't indicating dates that I took pictures this year so I only know the month in most cases -- normally the file name tells you the date-stamp of the picture in yymmdd form but not in 1997!