Knoxville is getting a new Tennessee Civil War Trails Marker on December 5, 2014. Located at the Knox County Courthouse, the new marker tells the story of Union and Confederate rallies taking place in April 1861 only blocks apart on Gay Street.
The Knox County Courthouse features several historical markers include a Veterans Memorial (pictured) for Knoxville’s soldiers who served in the Spanish American War (1898-1902), another honoring John ‘Nolichucky Jack’ Sevier, for whom nearby Sevier County is named, a and a WWII Memorial placed by the Simon Harris Chapter of the D.A.R. The new marker highlights the story of Union and Confederate rallies taking place in April 1861 only blocks apart on Gay Street. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.
The ceremony for dedication will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., December 5, 2014 at the Knox County Courthouse, Main Street. Participating in the dedication will be Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. Representing the state is Tennessee State Historian Dr. Carroll Van West, who, along with Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, co-chairs the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Others participating in the program are East Tennessee Historical Society Director Cherel Henderson, and Calvin Chappelle, chair of the Knox County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
The Tennessee Civil War Trails Program is part of a five-state trails system that encourages visitors to explore both well-known and familiar sites associated with events of the Civil War. Tennessee has 310 markers, and its trails guide is the most requested of the five states, which also include Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.