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Battery Wiltsie

 
 
Battery Wiltsie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
1. Battery Wiltsie Marker
Inscription.  A large Federal earthwork was located back of Vine Avenue between Gay and Walnut Streets when General James Longstreet besieged Knoxville, Nov. 17-Dec. 4, 1863. The Federal defense line ran along this ridge from Fort Hill, (Surrey St. and Saxton Ave.) 2400 yards east, to Fort Sanders, (17th St. and Laurel Ave.) 1400 yards west. Ten forts crowned these heights, five east and four west of this point.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1E-83.)
 
Location. 35° 58.027′ N, 83° 55.296′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is on West Vine Avenue east of Walnut Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located along the sidewalk, near the northeast corner of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 414 West Vine Avenue, 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. Father Abram J. Ryan (a few steps from this marker); The Midday Merry-Go-Round (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins
Battery Wiltsie Marker (<i>wide view; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is right of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
2. Battery Wiltsie Marker (wide view; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is right of marker)
(about 600 feet away); St. James Hotel (about 700 feet away); Elvis Presley (about 700 feet away); Cormac McCarthy (about 800 feet away); Civil War Hospital (about 800 feet away); David Madden (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The 1863 Siege of Knoxville
 
Also see . . .  History of Battery Wiltsie. Battery Wiltsie was one of 20 named Union fortifications surrounding Knoxville, Tennessee (8 Forts and 12 Batteries) during the U.S. Civil War. The Battery was hastily established in 1863 to counter the Confederate threat to the city. Located west of Gay Street. Configured for eight gun platforms. Confederate forces attempted to capture the city in November-December 1863 and laid siege to the city. Large losses were sustained by Confederate forces who withdrew, lifting the siege. Battery Wiltsie was abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war. (Submitted on May 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Battery Wiltsie Marker (<i>view from back side of marker looking across West Vine Avenue</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
3. Battery Wiltsie Marker (view from back side of marker looking across West Vine Avenue)
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Battery Wiltsie Marker (<i>tall view; marker visible on left side of church</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
4. Battery Wiltsie Marker (tall view; marker visible on left side of church)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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