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Confederate States of America Camp Van Dorn

March 28 ~ July 28, 1862

 
 
Confederate States of America Camp Van Dorn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 27, 2019
1. Confederate States of America Camp Van Dorn Marker
Inscription.  

Major General E. Kirby Smith of the Confederate Army established Camp Van Dorn 1 1/2 to 2 miles west of Knoxville Depot, near the banks of a little stream, Third Creek. It operated from March 28 through July 28, 1862. Most Georgia Confederate Infantry regiments, including the 37th, 39th, 40th, and 52nd from Camp McDonald at "Big Shanty", Georgia were here. Diseases decimated the ranks of the Ga. 40th and 52nd, killing 137. Most of these Confederate dead were buried in Bethel Cemetery here in Knoxville.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1E 114.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is March 28, 1862.
 
Location. 35° 58.067′ N, 83° 56.912′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Western Avenue (Tennessee Route 62) and News Sentinel Drive, on the left when traveling west on Western Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Knoxville TN 37921, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Knoxville College (approx. 0.4 miles away); This street is dedicated to the memory of Sergeant Lillard Earl Ailor
Confederate States of America Camp Van Dorn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 27, 2019
2. Confederate States of America Camp Van Dorn Marker
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(approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Mechanicsville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Sanders (approx. one mile away); The Assault Upon Fort Sanders (approx. one mile away); Fort Sanders U.D.C. Monument (approx. one mile away); 79th New York Infantry (Highlanders) Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); Death of Gen. William P. Sanders (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
Major General E. Kirby Smith, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
3. Major General E. Kirby Smith, C.S.A.
Gen. Earl Van Dorn, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
4. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, C.S.A.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 29, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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