"This American Gibraltar"

"This American Gibraltar" (HMNWR)

Location: Middlesboro, KY 40965 Bell County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 36.343', W 83° 39.962'

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"Cumberland Gap is the strongest position I have ever seen except Gibraltar." These were Union General George W. Morgan's words after viewing the fortification around the Gap.

On June 19, 1862, he wrote to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, "The enemy evacuated this American Gibraltar this morning... and DeCourcy's brigade took possession...."

In honor of the capture, the Stars and Stripes were raised from the pinnacle of this mountain in proud ceremony. Three months later it was the Union troops who withdrew.

What made the forts around the Gap so difficult to attack also made them difficult to resupply. It was easier for the war to just go around them.

Please do not walk on these remaining earthworks.
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 261542 N 4054444
Decimal Degrees36.60571667, -83.66603333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.343', W 83° 39.962'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 20.58" N, 83° 39' 57.72" W
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Area Code(s)423, 606
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-125 Pinacle Rd, Middlesboro KY 40965, US
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