“Cumberland Gap During Occupation
by the Union Army”

From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number 1987PH16

“Cumberland Gap During Occupation
by the Union Army,” c.1862

7.75" x 9.75" (left), 12.25" x 13.25" (right)

This photo shows the Cumberland Gap. The Cumberland Gap cuts through the Cumberland Mountains at the point where Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky meet. During the Civil War, control of the area changed hands many times. Soldiers and battles were hard on the land and the people who lived there. Both armies took supplies from the stores, homes, and farms.