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Children and parents explore Civil War exhibit

The Civil War in Knoxville: The Battle of Fort Sanders

Social Studies, Grades 5 and 8
Time required: 45 minutes

Original documents, newspapers, photographs, uniforms, weapons, and ordinary objects carried or worn by soldiers and civilians form the primary sources students will examine as evidence in the story of Knoxville’s role in the Civil War. Archaeology is also highlighted as a source of information. Directly related to the action at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, the events are placed within the geography and the culture of East Tennesseans.

Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum

  • 5th: The History of America, from 1850. Uniforms, photographs, symbols on artifacts illustrate the two sides, and many artifacts show the everyday lives as well as action of Confederate and Union troops. Archaeological excavations at the battlefield site are also included. 5.6, 5.7, 5.11, 5.12, 5.14
  • 8th: US History & Geography. Students examine and reflect on leaders, everyday soldiers, and the action in Knoxville. 8.75, 8.77, 8.79, 8.80 

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