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Building may be removed from Cravens House site

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Cravens House was a landmark during the Civil War, when the white house halfway up Lookout Mountain was a target for Union artillery aiming from Moccasin Bend.

Robert Cravens, co-owner of Bluff Furnace, Chattanooga's first coke-fueled blast furnace, bought 1,000 acres on Lookout Mountain and built Cravens House as a permanent residence -- the mountain's first.

And then he rebuilt the house -- after the battle-following Washington press corps tore it apart to use the wood.

"It certainly survived the battles in 1863. But it didn't survive the press," said Jim Szyjkowski, chief of resource management for the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. "The press corps tore it down."

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