Fort Dickerson Sesquicentennial Event

Civil War Living History Weekend

November 9-10, 2013


November 9-10, 2013 - The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable and the City of Knoxville will celebrate the Civil War Sesquicentennial as we present the KCWRT’s signature event  the 150th Fort Dickerson Civil War Weekend, at Fort Dickerson Park.  Join with historians, authors and local reenacting units as we celebrate veterans, past and present.  This event commemorates the 150th 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 9, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, November 10.  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 Disc Exchange across from Shoney’s, where they can ride a free shuttle to Fort Dickerson.

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.

More information about the Fort Dickerson Civil War Weekend can also be obtained by contacting:

Event Coordinators Perry Hill, Laura Reagan at  and George Lane at 414-1527 or at

Re-enactor Coordinator Kenneth Doss at

Saturday, November 9, 2013

10:00 am - Camps Open to Public
10:30 am- Ladies Fashions
11:00 am – 150th 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 10, 2013

10:00 am – Vesper Service
11:00 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

Tentative schedule of activities