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Fort Dickerson Sesquicentennial Event

Civil War Living History Weekend

November 8-9, 2014

November 8-9, 2014 - 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 151st 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 151st 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 8, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, November 9.  Activities will include living history campsites, infantry drilling and firing, a Civil War medical and surgical exhibit, ladies fashions, battle reenactments and much more.  Visitors are invited to park for free at Disc Exchange across from Shoneys, 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 at 865-283-1691, Laura Reagan at   Re-enactor Coordinator Perry Hill. 

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

10:00 am - Camps Open to Public
10:30 am- Ladies Fashions by Sandra Augustus
11:00 am – 151st Remembrance
11:30 am - Infantry Drill
12:00 pm - History of Fort Dickerson with Historian Dorothy Kelly
12:30 pm -Medical & Surgical Demonstration by Ed Archer
1:00 pm – Topographical Engineer Demonstration

1:30 pm - Civil War Arms by Gerald Augustus
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 9, 2014

110:00 am – Vesper Service
11:00 am – Camps Open to Public

11:00 am – Topographical Engineers
12:00 pm - History Siege Of Knoxville

12:30 pm - Infantry Drill
1:00 pm - Civil War Medical Demonstration
1:30 pm - Civil War Arms by Gerald Augustus
2:00 pm - Civil War Skirmish
3:00 pm - Pass in Review
4:00 pm - Camps Close to Public

Tentative schedule of activities