The historic Mabry-Hazen House ( 1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville ) is hosting a Living History event on June 14-15 ( http://www.mabryhazen.com/Mabry-Hazen_House/Civil_War_Living_History.html )
This is an excellent opportunity to not only visit one of Knoxville’s historic homes, but to see military drill, talk to the troops, and get an idea of life in Knoxville during the war.
Information can be found on the website above.
The Battle of Blountville, Tennessee reenactment ( Oct 10-14, 2014 ) was recently awarded the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Pinnacle Award for Special Event 2013.
The Battle of Blountville is part of an effort to establish a military park for the battle site. From the website:
“The Battle of Blountville Civil War Park and its development will primarily begin in the Historic District of downtown Blountville as recognized on the National Register of Historic Sites. The Battle of Blountville Civil War Park and its development will primarily begin in the Historic District of downtown Blountville as recognized on the National Register of Historic Sites. ”
This is an important effort, as battlefields all over the country are slowly being lost to development. More info can be found at http://battleofblountville.com/index.html
Congratulation to the Blountville event organizers, and thanks for helping to keep the history of our area alive.
This past Monday, members of the 79th NY had a chance to visit Spotsylvania, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg and Wilderness battlefields in Virginia. As we drove around, we noticed that, particularly at Fredericksburg, modern civilization has encroached on many fields. Houses and businesses now sit where battles took place, and only a marker remains.
While it would be impossible to protect every acre of ground, we should strive to protect what we can. A Park Ranger at Spotsylvania told us that the park recently was able to get several hundred acres, allowing them to protect vital parts of that field.
It is important that we protect those places where our ancestors fought and died ( regardless of what color uniform they wore ) and that our descendants won’t have to only read about places like Fredericksburg in books.
Donate to a park, pick up trash at a battlefield park or historic site if there is one near you. It is up to us to preserve the past.