Reenactment honors 150th anniversary of historic Civil War

Reenactment honors 150th anniversary of historic Civil War

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Thousands of spectators came out to East Knox County to enjoy the reenactment of the historic battles of Fort Sanders and Fort Campbell Station. Thousands of spectators came out to East Knox County to enjoy the reenactment of the historic battles of Fort Sanders and Fort Campbell Station.
Historians said the battle of Fort Sanders was a defining moment for the war because it set East Tennessee a part from the Confederate south. Historians said the battle of Fort Sanders was a defining moment for the war because it set East Tennessee a part from the Confederate south.
History buffs from across the country traveled to East Knox County to take part in the reenactment. History buffs from across the country traveled to East Knox County to take part in the reenactment.
The event prioritized authenticity, even having some reactors sleep in log huts like the soldiers did in the winter to keep warm. The event prioritized authenticity, even having some reactors sleep in log huts like the soldiers did in the winter to keep warm.
Organizers for the reenactment said they hoped spectators left today with a better understanding of the sacrifices soldiers made nearly a century-and-a-half ago. Organizers for the reenactment said they hoped spectators left today with a better understanding of the sacrifices soldiers made nearly a century-and-a-half ago.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

CORRYTON (WATE) - Thousands of spectators came out to East Knox County Sunday to view the reenactment of the historic battles of Fort Sanders and Fort Campbell Station.

Both were battles fought in the area during the Civil War.

Historians said the battle of Fort Sanders was a defining moment for the war because it set East Tennessee apart from the Confederate south.

"It secured East Tennessee and really fortified East Tennessee as a Union stronghold during the war," re-enactor Lance Dawson said.

History buffs from across the country traveled to East Knox County to take part in the reenactment.

"It's honoring the soldiers," re-enactor Dan Paterson said. "What we do out here is we try to experience as much as possible what the soldiers went through."

Paterson's great grandfather was James Longstreet, the general for the Confederacy that led his troops into battle.

"There is a sense of obligation to be here because he was here," Paterson said.

The event prioritized authenticity, even having some reactors sleep in log huts like the soldiers did in the winter to keep warm.

"Everything from the shoes to the hat to the pants to the coats; we try to dress in period attire that they dressed," re-enactor Jim Mosley said.

Organizers for the reenactment said they hoped spectators left today with a better understanding of the sacrifices soldiers made nearly a century-and-a-half ago.

"The hope is they walk away wondering what caused that commitment 150 years ago," organizer Steve Dean said.

The event was held at a farm on Washington Pike in Corryton.

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