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Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Death of General William P. Sanders

November 19, 1863

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, May 31, 2018
1. Death of General William P. Sanders Marker
Inscription.  U.S. General William P. Sanders died in the bridal suite of this building which was the Lamar House hotel at the time of the Civil War. On the previous afternoon Sanders was mortally wounded as his cavalry fought on Kingston Road, delaying the Confederate forces advancing against Knoxville. General Sanders was a West Point classmate and personal friend of Captain Orlando Poe who designed and supervised construction of the defenses of Knoxville. His funeral took place the night of the 19th with his casket being carried to the site of the Second Presbyterian Church on Market Street where Sanders was buried. In attendance were Commanding General Ambrose Burnside, Captain Poe, staff officers, Sue Boyd, her mother, a minister, and a small number of musicians and soldiers. Five days later, General Burnside announced his death and named Fort Sanders in his honor. Today General Sanders rests in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
 
Erected 2013 by Knoxville Civil War Roundtable and Bijou Theatre Board of Directors.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location.
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By Joel Seewald, May 31, 2018
2. Death of General William P. Sanders Marker
35° 57.75′ N, 83° 55.007′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of South Gay Street and Cumberland Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Gay Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 803 South Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tennessee Barn Dance (a few steps from this marker); Staub's Theatre (a few steps from this marker); The Knoxville Girl (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lloyd Branson (about 300 feet away); C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing (about 300 feet away); Knox County Spanish American War Monument (about 400 feet away); Site of First Block House (about 400 feet away); Old Knox County Courthouse (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
Also see . . .  William P. Sanders. (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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