On November 29, 1863 Confederate forces attacked Union forces Fort Sanders in a battle for Knoxville. The fort was an earthwork which seemed vulnerable to attack. Unfortunately for the Confederate forces, their reconnaissance failed to reveal a deep ditch in front of the parapet. The attack proved disastrous for Confederate troops.
October 10-13 the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sanders will be held. It will features re-enactors, encampments, oral histories, and demonstrations on a 140 acre farm that is a built to the scale of the battleground.
Schools and children tours are available on October 10th. The 11th is the Commemoration Day of this decisive battle of the Knoxville campaign. It pitted Confederate General James Longstreet against Union General Ambrose Burnside.
Re-enactments of the Battle of Campbell station are scheduled for 2PM on both the 12th and 13th with the Battle of Fort Sanders scheduled for 4 p.m. on the 12th and 13th. The Campbell Station battle was important because General Burnside would have lost possession of Knoxville had Union forces not won.
Admission Fee (if any): $8.00 per person, $30.00 maximum per family.
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