Fort Dickerson weekend event marks anniversary of Civil War

Fort Dickerson weekend event marks anniversary of Civil War

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History lovers are marking the 150th Anniversary of the Siege of Knoxville during the Civil War. History lovers are marking the 150th Anniversary of the Siege of Knoxville during the Civil War.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - History lovers are marking the 150th Anniversary of the Siege of Knoxville during the Civil War.

Fort Dickerson is hosting a Civil War Weekend inviting families to watch battle reenactments, canon firings and other displays from the era.

Activities continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fort Dickerson Park is located just off Chapman Highway in South Knoxville at 3000 Fort Dickerson Road. Visitors are invited to park for free at the Disc Exchange across from Shoney's, where they can ride a free shuttle to Fort Dickerson.

Fort Dickerson was one of 16 earthen forts and battery positions surrounding Knoxville that were built by the U.S. Army during the Civil War. It was named for Cap. Jonathan C. Dickerson, 112th Illinois Mounted Infantry, who was killed in action near Cleveland, Tenn.

The free event is sponsored by the City of Knoxville's Parks and Recreation Department and hosted by the Civil War Roundtable.

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