Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Confederate Memorial Hall
On November 18, when the Federal line was 750 yards east of the house, Union Gen. Williams P. Sanders ordered Lt. Samuel Benjamin in Fort Loudon to put a cannon shot through the Bleak House tower to dislodge the sharpshooters. Called “The Prettiest Shot of the War” by the Federals, it hit the second floor of the house at its southeast corner, killing three of the sharpshooters. Their pencil portraits are on the tower’s interior north wall. That afternoon, Sanders was mortally wounded, reputedly by a sharpshooter, after watching Capt. Stephen Winthrop rally the Confederates. Federal officials renamed Fort Loudon in honor of Sanders.
On December 4, Longstreet left Bleak House, a place riddled with many bullet holes, as well as a shell scar in the main parlor.
Drawing of Sharpshooters
Bleak House, circa 1874
Gen. James Longstreet
Mrs. Louisa Franklin Armstrong and James Longstreet, 1890
All photos courtesy Knoxville Chapter 89, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is November 17, 1872.
Location. 35° 56.988′ N, 83° 57.377′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from Kingston Pike (U.S. 70) 0.4 miles east of Cherokee Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3148 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 37919, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Longstreet's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Death of Gen. William P. Sanders (approx. 0.4 miles away); War Dog Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); 2111 Terrace Avenue (approx. 1.1 miles away); Confederate States of America Camp Van Dorn (approx. 1.3 miles away); UT RecSports Complex (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Assault Upon Fort Sanders (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fort Sanders U.D.C. Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
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