Hundreds stroll back to Civil War era in Knoxville cemetery tour

Hundreds stroll back to Civil War era in Knoxville cemetery tour

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Hundreds of people strolled back to the Civil War era Sunday for the 13th annual Lantern and Carriage Tour at the Old Gray Cemetery in North Knoxville. Hundreds of people strolled back to the Civil War era Sunday for the 13th annual Lantern and Carriage Tour at the Old Gray Cemetery in North Knoxville.
"All of our stories are based around the Civil War," said Alixx Dempster, executive director of the cemetery. "This is our 150th anniversary of the Civil War here in Knoxville, especially with the Battle of Fort Sanders." "All of our stories are based around the Civil War," said Alixx Dempster, executive director of the cemetery. "This is our 150th anniversary of the Civil War here in Knoxville, especially with the Battle of Fort Sanders."

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Hundreds of people strolled back to the Civil War era Sunday for the 13th annual Lantern and Carriage Tour at the Old Gray Cemetery in North Knoxville.

Three horse-drawn carriages navigated their way through the grounds.

Nearly 20 people gave historical accounts of some of those buried in the cemetery and this year's theme was different than in years past.

"All of our stories are based around the Civil War," said Alixx Dempster, executive director of the cemetery. "This is our 150th anniversary of the Civil War here in Knoxville, especially with the Battle of Fort Sanders."

Organizers say most of the Confederate or Union soldiers buried in the cemetery didn't die in battle. Many finished living out their lives here in Knoxville.

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