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Cumberland Gap

a pass in the Cumberland Mountains at the junction of the Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee boundaries. 1315 feet (401 meters) high. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The parson was returning from Cumberland Gap, whither he had gone to take the oath of allegiance.

  • We went on through Cumberland Gap to Knoxville, where we had a snowstorm.

    Terry's Texas Rangers Leonidas B. Giles
  • Mr. Speed affirms that the road through Cumberland Gap “was the only practicable route for all return travel.”

  • His finger indicated the headwaters of the Ohio and the ink-marked spot where the steep ridges broke at Cumberland Gap.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • These Christmas times there's no getting through the snow in the Cumberland Gap.

  • Cumberland Gap controlled the most important line of communication in the Confederacy.

    The Life of Jefferson Davis Frank H. Alfriend
  • The story of their expedition through Cumberland Gap, and their long hunt, is now familiar to readers of Western history.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • But our first step was to be relieved of the threatening from the direction of Cumberland Gap.

    From Manassas to Appomattox James Longstreet
  • Here they found a hunter's trail which led them through Cumberland Gap.

    Daniel Boone Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • My plans were to reach the Union lines at the nearest point, which was then Cumberland Gap.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
Cumberland Gap in Culture

Cumberland Gap definition

Pass through the Cumberland Mountains between Virginia and Kentucky that was used by early settlers to move west.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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