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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
November 24
The Battle of Lookout Mountain
By Kinahan Cornwallis (1883–1959)
 
THEN came a bloody battle in the clouds—
Clouds that—alas!—to many proved their shrouds.
A thousand feet above the Vale it raged—
On Lookout Mountain desperately waged—
And from the Valley those who viewed the fight,        5
Ne’er saw a grander—more terrific—sight
Till smoke and mist concealed it from the view—
A fight from dawn to dark that hotter grew
Till all the Rebel hosts were put to flight—
Confused, disordered, and in awful plight;        10
For Bragg to check the Union army failed,
And Lookout Mountain’s rugged top was scaled,—
Its fortress captured, and the vict’ry hailed,—
And Missionary Ridge, from west to east.
“On vict’ries now—behold—!” said Grant, “we feast!”        15
’Twas not till night the long day’s battle ceased,
And then triumphant were the Boys in Blue,
Who Chattanooga Valley captured, too,
And with the stars and stripes adorned the view.
“Well done!” said Grant, “you climbed that Mountain well,        20
Of harder fighting hist’ry ne’er will tell!”
Grant led his forces grandly, and the foe
Surrendered, died, or fled to plains below,
Pursued by Sherman’s and by Hooker’s fire.
Bragg and Rebellion met disaster dire.        25
 
Kentucky now—with Tennessee—was freed
From Rebel raids, while Burnside, much in need—
At Knoxville—gained not glory but relief.
“I hail,” said Grant, “one consequence as chief;
It opens Georgia to the Union arms,        30
And fills the groaning South with fresh alarms,
For fifteen thousand men its battle cost—
The captured, wounded and the dead it lost.”
November, ’Sixty-three, grew dark indeed
To Rebel eyes. Reverses gathered speed.        35
 
 
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