Category Archives: Gen. William P. Sanders

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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Honors for Gen. Sanders

In addition to having the earthwork the Rebels dubbed Fort Loudon named for him, Union Gen. William P. Sanders has had other honors since—including a curious juxtaposition of his historical marker with his onetime burial place. “Knoxville’s Fort Sanders neighborhood … 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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Sue Boyd’s cousin Belle

Sue Boyd, the Knoxville friend of Leila Ellis’s who loved the Union Gen. William P. Sanders, was the real-life cousin of the famous Rebel spy Marie Isabella “Belle” Boyd.

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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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