Images of Cumberland Gap, Kentucky & Tennessee
Web Author's Notes:
This image is of an engraving of Cumberland Gap from the Kentucky side, looking southwest, and is the artist's rendition of the night Gen. Morgan's troops evacuated the Gap on September 17, 1862. Note the large explosions back behind the mountain, on the south side, which occurred when Morgan detonated all the remaining powder magazines he could not take with him on his march north to the Ohio River. The sketch also shows, somewhat symbolically, the beginnings of the rough roads the soldiers would follow, strewn with large rocks and trees. The 16th Ohio had already left Cumberland Gap 10 days earlier as an advance unit to reduce the demand on the dwindling food supplies at Cumberland Gap and to forage for additional food on the way toward Manchester, Kentucky.