Category Archives: Knoxville

Civil War Trust’s “battlefield”

The corner of W. Summit Hill Drive and South Gay Street is the Civil War Trust’s designated field for the Battle of Fort Sanders. All 69 acres of it. It doesn’t seem likely (it should be farther west in the … Continue reading

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Find Fort Sanders

Curious caption, since I can’t figure out where Fort Sanders is, and this only a year or so after the battle. Given that the river would be more or less on the east side of Knoxville, I think the fort would … Continue reading

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Where Union Gen. Sanders died

There aren’t many places in Knoxville today reminiscent of the Battle of Fort Sanders. The fort itself disappeared long ago, unless you count the neighborhood and hospital that later assumed its name. There’s Bleak House, of course, Gen. Longstreet’s headquarters. … Continue reading

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A Knoxville newspaper in North Carolina

Hometown Southern newspapers were scattered across the South in July of 1864, according to the Richmond Whig. Including the Knoxville Register which “after visiting sundry places is now in Charlotte, N. C.” It was not alone: “Fugitive Papers.—We have in … Continue reading

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An honor guard

An honor guard for the dead of Fort Sanders as this sesquicentennial period nears its end.

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A Yankee Opinion of East Tennessee

More from the Charleston Mercury newspaper of Charleston, South Carolina, this item from its Dec. 21, 1863 edition: “A Yankee Opinion of Their Friends in East Tennessee–Among the letters captured by our forces around Knoxville was one from D. G. … Continue reading

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Spirit of the Knoxville Ladies

Longstreet and his rebels may have left Knoxville in defeat but the half of the town that was Confederate apparently was still holding its own under Union occupation. To wit this item on page 3 of the Feb. 27, 1864 … Continue reading

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The Union takes Knoxville

A lithographic notion of Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s and his army’s welcome by the Unionists of Knoxville whose Stars & Stripes flags finally could be brought out from under their parlor carpets. While the town’s Confederates had to hide theirs under the carpets … Continue reading

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