Re: The Race to Knoxville
Just a few notes on the spring tactical:
The Confederate company numbers will be limited. Capt Kiev Thomason's company will be primarily preserved for the Armory Guards. The max number will be set at 30. East Tennessee Authentics are requested to enlist in Capt Jeff Noland's company. The max number for Co C will be 25 rifles.
Our good friend, W Decker, will be present for the weekend for ambrotypes or ferrotypes. Time will be allowed for images as the weekend allows. The federals may have the market on time, as they will be garrisoned or near the fort for the weekend. Confederates will have ops on Sunday, I am sure.
There will also be a historical lecture, by William “Dewey” Beard, in regard to the East Tennessee campaign on Friday evening or on Sunday morning. The times will be nailed down as the date approaches. Dewey is our very own resident expert on the East Tenn campaign. He is published in this area.
The preservation aspect of our event is still being detailed. Our plan is to contribute to the effort to preserve the following fortification, that is currently on private land.
There is an earthen fortification that is being preserved or purchased by Knox and Jefferson Counties. The fort is in the Strawberry Plains area. It is near the Holston river. (You may have seen the photos by George N. Barnard.) The fort seen in the background is what we are talking about. The stone railroad structures can still be seen today. Dewey Beard has some great info on this site and the area surrounding. (This fort may be available for authentic living history use in the near future.)
There are also some great stories about this bridge.
I will, hopefully, share in the near future.
Our intent is to make a donation to the effort to preserve this fort, near the bridge.
Greg S Barnett
Burlington Lodge #763 F&AM
New Knoxville Mess
An authentic person of true insignificance