The real Fort Sanders is long gone, but it haunts the Knoxville neighborhood named for it. And the ghost still draws researchers, including retired University of Tennessee archeologist Charlie Faulkner:
“The earthwork fort actually stood for decades after the war; there was some unfulfilled hope the federal government would buy it for a monument. Over time, streets were cut through it. Starting in the late 19th century a lot of ground where soldiers fought and died got pushed about as houses were built.”
Faulkner’s investigation leaves reason to believe the fort was larger than previously believed.