Battle of Fort Sanders 150th anniversary event kicks off

Battle of Fort Sanders 150th anniversary event kicks off

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Nearly 600 living historians are gathering in East Knox County this weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sanders. Nearly 600 living historians are gathering in East Knox County this weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sanders.
750 area students were brought in Thursday and another 750 will come Friday to see what military and civilian life as like during the Civil War. 750 area students were brought in Thursday and another 750 will come Friday to see what military and civilian life as like during the Civil War.
They also got to hear speeches from the key figures of that time like Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee, former slave turned abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. They also got to hear speeches from the key figures of that time like Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee, former slave turned abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.
"They get to hear all the voices that were being spoken at the time of the Civil War," said organizer Steve Dean. "It's a visual extravaganza, but the hope is that they understand the deeper feeling of what happened." "They get to hear all the voices that were being spoken at the time of the Civil War," said organizer Steve Dean. "It's a visual extravaganza, but the hope is that they understand the deeper feeling of what happened."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

CORRYTON (WATE) - Nearly 600 living historians are gathering in East Knox County this weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sanders.

Civil War re-enactments have been going on since before the real fighting even ended.

"I think any time 600,000 people give their lives, there ought to be a moment to pause and consider why it happened," said organizer Steve Dean.

Dean and other organizers say they are more important now than ever.

"Twenty-first century kids are so removed from nineteenth century people that I believe you have to see it in three dimensions to understand what happened," he said.

To help bridge that gap, 750 area students were brought in Thursday and another 750 will come Friday to see what military and civilian life as like during the Civil War. They also got to hear speeches from the key figures of that time like Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee, former slave turned abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

"They get to hear all the voices that were being spoken at the time of the Civil War," said Dean. "It's a visual extravaganza, but the hope is that they understand the deeper feeling of what happened."

Organizers say its not just for young people. They encourage people of all ages to help commemorate the occasion and remember the lives that were lost.

The re-enactment will open to the public beginning Friday.

Admission is $8 for adults and free to children under the age of six. Families attending with four or more members pay a maximum of $30.

You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for walking through fields.

More information is available online.

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