Category Archives: Knoxville

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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The personal approach to Civil War history

The personal approach to Civil War history is getting a boost in this sesquicentennial year. Not only in our historical narrative The Bloody Thirteenth (told via diaries, letters and memoirs) but in such as the following account of a young slave who escaped to the Union … Continue reading

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Reprise: Civil War Flapdoodle

The Sesquicentennial ought to be producing new works of fact on the war, instead of merely recycling and regurgitating the same old malarky. But greedy publishers and lazy editors will have their way. Abbeville Press’s 2011 Great Civil War Heroes & … Continue reading

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The battle’s sesquicentennial

One hundred fifty years ago at dawn today, four seriously-under strength Mississippi and Georgia regiments attacked the earthwork Fort Sanders on Knoxville’s west side. The very subject of Knoxville 1863, the novel—this blog—and the book itself. I suppose there will be … Continue reading

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The “ballad” of Ephraim Shelby Dodd

Private Dodd was one of Terry’s Texas Rangers who’d been captured by the federals and was housed in Knoxville’s Castle Fox jail during the Union occupation. A curious conjunction of events, ranging from Gen. Longstreet’s hanging of two alleged Union … Continue reading

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Reprise: 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 and Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital, both … Continue reading

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East Tennessee around Knoxville

This photo of the wet-weather terrain around Knoxville is a good representation of the region. Gives you a sense of the rural side of the place in case you’ve never been there, also like what the soldiers of 1863 knew … Continue reading

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The dead were buried where they lay

My fictional burial of the Confederate dead after the battle of Fort Sanders may seem contrived, but it followed the few histories written about such things, particularly Drew Gilpin Faust’s “This Republic of Suffering.” Sometimes, in fact, there was no … Continue reading

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