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George Gates Lookout Mountain Letter

Identifier: MS-2874

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This collection consists of one letter by Union Corporal George Gates to his aunt on November 26, 1863, and describes the then-unnamed Battle of Lookout Mountain which occurred in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 25, 1863. It was written by him on the 26th of November when he returned to his camp outside of Chattanooga and gives an account of casualties on both sides.

Gates speaks of a flank movement in which sixty to seventy cannon and nine thousand prisoners were taken by the Union Forces. He recounts his regiment's losses as lightwith five horses killed and one man wounded in the leg. He mentions his impending return to the front in regret for the letter being quite brief.


  • 1863 November 26

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This collection consists of one letter written by Corporal George Gates to his aunt. It was written from his regiment's camp located to the left of Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 26, 1863. He re-counts for his aunt the Battle of Lookout Mountain on November 25, 1863. He mentions his regiment's movements, acquisitions, and casualties in the battle.

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information is available.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased September 6, 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA