KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jack Neely, executive director of the Knoxville History Project, author and historian will present a brown bag lecture on the Knoxville National Cemetery, its history and its importance noon Oct. 17 at the East Tennessee History Center. The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a “brown bag” lunch. Soft drinks will be available.
Well cared for and with gleaming uniform white stones, Knoxville’s National Cemetery is one of the city’s best-preserved relics of the Civil War. Its establishment was a priority of General Burnside when his army occupied Knoxville in 1863, and some graves are exactly where they were during the Confederate siege. Buried here are black and white Union soldiers, more than 1,000 “Unknowns,” as well as U.S. veterans from most wars since.
The lecture is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel & Crematorium and is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 865-215-8824 or visit www.EastTNHistory.org.
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