Civil War Trail Marker Unveiled

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Civil War Trail Marker Unveiled

Posted: 04/07/2009
Mayor Bill Haslam, Gaines Pittenger - president of Old Gray Cemetery, Steve Dean - East Tennessee Civil War Alliance, Noell Rembert and Lee Curtis with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Rachel Oberban with the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation unveiled a Tennessee Civil War Trail Marker on Tuesday, April 7 at Old Gray Cemetery, 543 N. Broadway.

This marker is the first in Knox County that is part of the new Tennessee Civil War Trails marker. It is entitled "Old Gray Cemetery: Silent Voices."

The state is currently looking at several other markers including ones commemorating Fort Sanders, Fort Dickerson, Bleak House, and more.

Old Gray Cemetery with the help of the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance applied to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development for the marker.

Essentially TDOT picks up 80 percent of the tab (through a federal grant) and the owner or organization where the marker is located pays the rest.

The Civil War Trails program has been around in several other states for a while, particularly in Virginia. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development joined recently and placed its unveiled its first maker in Franklin last September.

There are now 40 across the state and eventually there will be a trial of perhaps 300 markers along roadways extending from Memphis in West Tennessee to Blountville in upper East Tennessee marking commemorating the state's Civil War Heritage.