Category Archives: Bleak House

Reprise: Bleak House

One reader of the novel recently emailed to say he‘d Googled “Bleak House” and was surprised to see that it still stands. This is an old photo of the Armstrong home—which hosted Gen. Longstreet’s headquarters during the siege—when it was still a … Continue reading

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Sharpshooter

Literary critic and writing professor David Madden’s 1996 novel Sharpshooter is the only other fiction I’m aware of about the Siege of Knoxville and, very briefly, the Battle of Fort Sanders. It’s a good story, worth your money (as little … Continue reading

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Whitworth rifles

Even Queen Victoria could hit the bulls eye from 400 yards with an English Whitworth sniper rifle. So a Rebel sharpshooter—apparently firing one with a telescope sight on it from the Bleak House tower—would have had no trouble killing Gen. … Continue reading

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Bleak House gets a new historic marker

Reenactors portray Longstreet (left) and an aging Rebel private at the new Bleak House marker. Via Knoxnews.com

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Fort Sanders’ namesake

Brig. Gen. William P. Sanders was an unusual Union officer, and not only for his Mississippi upbringing, Robert E. Lee’s attempt to oust him from West Point and his cousin Jefferson Davis’s action to prevent it. He remained loyal to … Continue reading

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Burnside’s headquarters

Gen. Burnside made his Knoxville headquarters here at the home of Congressman & attorney John Hervey Crozier. It was no less a mansion than Longstreet’s HQ at Bleak House, the Armstrong’s Italianate villa southeast of town. In the novel, the … Continue reading

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Bleak House

One reader of the novel recently emailed to say he ‘d Googled “Bleak House” and was surprised to see that it still stands. This is an old photo of the the Armstrong home—which hosted Gen. Longstreet’s headquarters during the siege—when … Continue reading

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