When we were hiking near Lake Tahoe, we came across an interesting tree. It wasn’t as big as a Sequoia or as old as a bristle cone pine, nor did its branches drop to the ground and make new roots to support the branches like the banyan tree. But it was quite an interesting tree. I’ve never seen a tree do this before….where a branch grew out sideways out of a trunk, then turned skyward and re-merged with another branch. It was interesting because it appeared as if the tree had at one time been struck by lightning and it blew the top of the tree off because there were strange branches like this all growing out of the same area on the tree and there really wasn’t any main trunk going up from that spot.
On November 23, Grant began to attack the center of the lines around the city. Lookout Mountain lay on the Union’s far right, and the action there commenced on November 24. Yankee General Joseph Hooker commanded this wing, and his men advanced toward the fog-covered peak. Hooker did not plan to attack the entire mountain that day, thinking the granite crags would be difficult to overcome. The fog masked the Union advance, however, and Hooker’s men climbed relatively easily. The Confederates had overestimated the advantages offered by the mountain, and 1,200 Rebels faced nearly 12,000 attacking Yankees. Artillery proved of little use, as the hill was so steep that the attackers could not even be seen until they appeared near the summit. Bragg did not send reinforcements because the Union attack against the Confederate center was more threatening than the sideshow around Lookout Mountain. The Confederates abandoned the mountain by late afternoon. The next day, Union forces launched a devastating attack against Missionary Ridge and successfully broke the Confederate lines around Chattanooga.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, the number of wild turkeys in the US has increased from an all time low of 30,000 to more than four million today. One state park in Iowa now boasts more than 100 turkeys per square mile. (Strangely enough, I think that must be the place where most of my turkey relatives live!!!!)