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Lookout Mountain

The Battle of Lookout Mountain, also known as the Battle Above the Clouds, was fought on November 24, 1863, as part of the Chattanooga Campaign during the American Civil War. Union forces under the command of Major General Joseph Hooker attacked Lookout Mountain and defeated Confederate forces commanded by Major General Carter L. Stevenson. The battle drove into the Confederate left flank and allowed General Hooker’s men to assist in the Battle of Missionary Ridge the following day, which routed General Bragg’s Confederate Army and lifted the siege of Union forces in Chattanooga – opening the gateway into the Deep South and, eventually, bringing an end to the Civil War.


Henry A. Barnum

Rank: Colonel

Organization: U.S. Army

Company: 149th New York Infantry

Born: September 24, 1833, Jamesville, Onondaga County, New York

Place/Date: At Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 23, 1863

Citation: Although suffering severely from wounds, he led his regiment, inciting the men to greater action by word and example until again severely wounded.

 


Peter Kappesser

Rank: Private

Organization: U.S. Army

Company: Company B, 149th New York Infantry

Born: 1893, Germany

Place/Date: At Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, November 24, 1863

Citation: Capture of Confederate flag (Bragg’s army).

 


John Kiggins

Rank: Sergeant

Organization: U.S. Army

Company: Company D, 149th New York Infantry

Born: February 2, 1837, Syracuse, New York

Place/Date: At Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, November 24, 1863

Citation: Waved the colors to save the lives of the men who were being fired upon by their own batteries, and thereby drew upon himself a concentrated fire from the enemy.

 

 


Norman F. Potter

Rank: First Sergeant

Organization: U.S. Army

Company: Company E, 149th New York Infantry

Born: June 10, 1826, Pompey, New York

Place/Date: At Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, November 24, 1863

Citation: Capture of flag (Bragg’s army).