New York Peace Memorial - Lookout Mountain, TN, USA
N 35° 00.661 W 085° 20.646
16S E 651090 N 3875517
Quick Description: Erected by the state of New York to honor those soldiers who fought and died on this Civil War Battlefield.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 7/17/2009 5:13:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM6TBJ
The United States Government purchased the famous Lookout Point for the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. The purchase was made and the transfer was completed August 3, 1898.
Tablets were at once erected giving the story of the Battle Above the Clouds and the Mountain's occupation, first by Confederate soldiers and then by Federal troops. No monument was at first permitted on the crest, but when the State of New York planned a Peace Memorial that site was selected and the Government granted permission for its erection. The seven states which lie within the view were ravaged by War and it is fitting that the tribute to Peace should command the scene.
This is the largest monument in the Chickamauga-Chattanooga Military Park, and it represents an expenditure of more than one hundred thousand dollars. A bronze group, called "Reconciliation' by the sculptor, Hinton Perry, crowns the marble shaft. A Federal soldier clasps the hand of a Confederate soldier as they stand beside the Stars and Stripes. On the pedestal are lists of New York troops engaged in the battles of the Chickamauga Campaign. On one facade are the words of President McKinley:
REUNITED—ONE COUNTRY AGAIN AND FOREVER.
Columns support the shaft, and the memorial stands upon a base which is fifty feet in diameter.
The monument is eighty five feet high and can be seen for many miles.
The New York Commission which erected the monument included, General Daniel E. Sickles, Chairman; Major Charles A. Richardson, Major General Daniel Butterfield, Colonel Clinton Beckwith, Major General A. S. Webb, Colonel Lewis R. Stegman, Brigadier General Anson G. McCook, and Major A. J. Zabriskie.
It was dedicated November 1, 1910.