Lenoir City in Loudon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Sanders spared the brick cotton mill in front of you (damaged severely by a 1991 fire). He allegedly wished to protect the only source of cloth for local Unionists. According to local tradition, Dr. Benjamin B. Lenoir, one of the owners, exchanged secret signs with fellow Masons among the Federal officers, ensuring the mill's safety. The next day, Sander's troops marched to Knoxville, briefly engaging Confederate batteries there before continuing to Strawberry Plains and destroying a major railroad
Later in November 1863, Confederate Gen, James Longstreet passed through Lenoir's Station—briefly liberating the place—during his Knoxville campaign. Sanders died of wounds received on November 19, 1863, during the fight of Knoxville, and in his memory Union officials named a fort in his honor. Fort Sanders Hospital is near the fort site in downtown Knoxville.
Cotton mill, ca. 1870 from Lenoir City Golden Jubilee: 1907-1957
Gen. William P. Sanders Courtesy U.S. Army Military History Institute
Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 47.457′ N, 84° 15.8′ W. Marker is in Lenoir City, Tennessee, in Loudon County. Marker is on South Hill Street south of East Depot Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lenoir City TN 37771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lenoir Cotton Mill (here, next to this marker); Company B - Korean War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Lenoir Cotton Mill (about 400 feet away); Lenoir Plantation (about 500 feet away); Loudon Railroad Bridge (approx. 4.1 miles away); Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout (approx. 5.3 miles away); Loudon County Courthouse (approx. 5.4 miles away); The U.S. Veterans Memorial (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lenoir City.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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