The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the dedication of two new Civil War markers in Gatlinburg now on the Tennessee Civil War Trail. The dedication will take place Friday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Special Events Office located on 207 Cherokee Orchard Road.
Special guests in attendance include Tennessee Commissioner of Tourist Development Kevin Triplett, Tennessee State Senator Frank Niceley and Tennessee State Historian Carroll Van West.
“People from around the world are aware of the beauty of Gatlinburg the Smokies as well as the Appalachian Mountain heritage,” Triplett said. “What is less known is the role this area played in one of the most critical periods in our nation’s history. These markers tell important stories of that time.”
The two markers placed at the Special Events Office depict the Battle of Burg Hill, which took place on December 10, 1863 and Fort Harry, a Confederate outpost near Alum Cave. The fort was strategically placed in order to guard the mine’s precious saltpeter, a valuable resource needed during the war for the production of gun powder.
“The Civil War Trails Program is a highly regarded historical reference compiled of history lessons scattered across routes through Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia,” said Mayor Mike Werner. “Gatlinburg has so much unique history. It is important that we have a place on the Trail and the markers in town to inform the public of the significant role Gatlinburg played during the Civil War.”
Tennessee served a vital role in the Civil War for its strategic placement of resources, and holds the distinction of being the only state where a significant Civil War battle or skirmish took place in every county of the state, giving it the distinction as the only entire state designated a Civil War National Heritage Area.
The Tennessee Civil War Trail came to Tennessee in 2008. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the Tennessee War Commission administer this interpretation and tourism initiative. For more information on Tennessee’s Civil War Trail, visit www.civilwartrails.org. For more information on Gatlinburg, visit www.Gatlinburg.com