After a week of campaigning, we limped back into Gettysburg nearing the end of our 2015 Wargasm. But even as tired and sore as I was, I would have to be dead not to spend time on perhaps the most famous American battlefield of them all.
My point of vantage in the photo above is, of course, atop Little Roundtop. I have always loved the view from here. The view is probably even better from Roundtop, a hill even higher just to the south, but I am usually too lazy to climb that. Anyway, the view from Little Roundtop — lovely as it is — is actually the second best view from a Civil War battlefield. Can you name the best view?
It is from atop Lookout Mountain overlooking Chattanooga and the Tennessee River. The mountain looms over the town. More than 2,300 feet above sea level, the point of the mountain above Chattanooga can be visited through Point Park after a long, winding road up the side of the mountain.
Very famously Union troops scaled Lookout Mountain in November 1863 and pushed the Confederate troops from a position that was thought to be absolutely impregnable. Thereafter it became one of the most sought after spots for a photo op.
Of course, this was something I discovered on a Wargasm a few years ago. As you would expect, I also had my own photo op.
Just don’t ask how I got there. I am certain my life insurance rates would immediately go up.