The East Tennessee chapter of several 79th reenactor units across the country will stage its annual mock Fort Sanders defense Oct. 8-10 in a dirt replica of the northwest bastion.
This photo of last year’s event in Coryton, northeast of Knoxville, shows the parapet with cotton bales (the actual bastion had none) and an open-top artillery embrasure ready to receive a battle line of “Rebs” rather than the attacking columns that actually did the deed.
A few farbs (porkier Rebs than the hungry, barefoot originals) also are in evidence (why are so many ACW reenactors overweight?), but I’m sure these fellows mean well and, though intended to be entirely bloodless, their battle reenactment will be more or less instructive to all. Why not, though, on the actual date, Nov. 29? Too cold, I suppose. Ice and snow would not be fun.