Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Fort Dickerson ~ 1863

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Location: can be reached from Fort Dickerson Road west of Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN
County: Knox
Coordinates: N 35° 56.919    W 083° 54.977
  35.94865    -83.91628333
Waymark: None


Fort Dickerson
Civil War Earthen Fort

  • One of sixteen Union Army earthen forts and battery positions protecting Knoxville, Nov. 1863–May 1865.

  • Named for Capt. Jonathan C. Dickerson, 112th Illinois Mounted Infantry who was killed near Cleveland, TN on Sept. 18, 1863.

  • Repulsed assaults by 5,000 Confederate Cavalry under Gen. Joe Wheeler, Nov 15-16, 1863.

  • Withstood the Siege of Knoxville, Nov 17–Dec 4, 1863.

  • Provided artillery support for the Battles of Armstrong’s Hill, Nov 25 & 29, 1863.

  • Construction completed by the 104th Ohio Battery, February, 1864.


More information:
Wikipedia: Knoxville Campaign
History: The Siege of Knoxville begins