Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Confederate Entrenchments Found in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee says it will preserve a portion of a Civil War battle site discovered as crews prepare to build parking and roads for a new sorority row.

Archaeologists found Confederate cannon emplacements and trenches on the 21-acre site between Neyland Drive, Kingston Pike and Alcoa Highway where 13 sorority houses will be built.

The trenches are from the failed Confederate seige of Knoxville and Battle of Fort Sanders in 1863. They represent the only archaeologically confirmed Confederate battle site in the city.

University officials said Monday that about 60 feet of trenches will be preserved and marked, along with the view facing what is now the Fort Sanders neighborhood bordering the Knoxville campus.