East Tennessee remembers "the Battle of Fort Sanders"

(WBIR) It's been 150 years since the violence of the Civil War made its way here to East Tennessee.

Saturday, Civil War reenactors remembered one of Knoxville's bloodiest battles: The Battle of Fort Sanders.

This is the 150th anniversary of the battle where the Union army ultimately stopped the Confederate army from taking over their stronghold, Fort Sanders.

The battle turned the tide for the Union in Tennessee. Reenactors say the it strengthened their capabilities in the area.

More than 100 people died in the conflict.

More Information: Battle of Fort Sanders Website

"The federals took shells, put a fuse in them, lit the fuse, and threw them over the side [of the fort}, and in a matter of 20 minutes, the battle of Fort Sanders was over with," said reenactor Ken Creswell.

More than 600 reenactors fought on the field in Corryton where the event took place. This is the fifth and last year it will be held.

Organizer Steve Dean said the 150th anniversary was simply a special way to go out. Second, he re-enactments like this one take a long time to plan. Dean said it took more than a year.If you would like to see some of the battles up close, there is still time to do so.

Festivities will continue Sunday at 10 a.m.


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