Living History Weekend at Fort Dickerson

Communications Director

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

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

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Living History Weekend at Fort Dickerson

Posted: 11/08/2010
The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable will present its annual Living History Weekend, at Fort Dickerson Park on November 13-14, 2010 to celebrate veterans, past and present. This event commemorates the 147th Anniversary of the Siege of Knoxville.

The free event is sponsored by the City of Knoxville's Parks and Recreation Department and hosted by the Civil War Roundtable. Fort Dickerson Park is located just off Chapman Highway in South Knoxville at 3000 Fort Dickerson Road.

It will run from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 13, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, November 14. Activities will include living history campsites, infantry drilling and firing, a Civil War medical and surgical exhibit, ladies fashions, battle reenactments, cannon firings, and much more. Visitors are invited to park for free at Emery's 5&10 where they can ride a free shuttle to Fort Dickerson. The store is located at 4014 Chapman Highway near the Big Lots store.

Fort Dickerson was one of sixteen earthen forts and battery positions surrounding Knoxville that were built by the United States Army during the Civil War. It was one of three constructed upon the heights across the Holston (now Tennessee) River from Knoxville, the other two being Fort Stanley and Fort Higley.

The middle fort was named for Captain Jonathan C. Dickerson, 112th Illinois Mounted Infantry, who was killed in action near Cleveland Tennessee. Friday, November 12 is School Day and area grade schools have been invited to attend a fun-filled and educational experience, including medical and surgical demonstrations, artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations, including fascinating insights from local scholars and historians on the importance of Fort Dickerson and Knoxville during the Civil War.

More information about the Fort Dickerson Living History Weekend can also be obtained by contacting:

Event Coordinator Laura Reagan at reagansecesh@aol.com or 865-828-8752 and

Re-enactor Coordinators Kenneth Doss at kdoss@aol.com or Perry Hill at 1stlt63rdtn@bellsouth.net.

Tentative schedule of activities:

Saturday, November 13, 2010
10:00 am - Camps open to public
10:30 am- Ladies Fashions
11:00 am - Remembrance
11:30 am - Infantry Drill
12:00 pm - Civil War Arms by Gerald Augustus
12:30 pm -Medical & Surgical Demonstration by Ed Archer
1:00 pm - Artillery Demonstration
1:30 pm - History of Fort Dickerson
2:00 pm - Battle Of Fort Dickerson
3:00 pm - Pass In Review (Special Commemoration)
3:30 pm - Civil War Medical Demonstration
4:30 pm - Camps close to public

Sunday, November 14, 2010
10:00 am - Camps open to Public
12:00 pm - Civil War Arms by Gerald Augustus
12:30 pm - Infantry Drill
1:00 pm - Civil War Medical Demonstration
1:30 pm - History Siege Of Knoxville
2:00 pm - Civil War Skirmish
3:00 pm - Pass in Review
4:00 pm - Camps Close to Public