Trees planted to mark route of Knoxville’s defining Civil War battle

The men in blue and gray are long gone, but city Public Service Department crews spent Tuesday posting sentinels in green along the route to Knoxville’s defining Civil War battle.

The 38 trees – a dozen magnolias and 26 crepe myrtles – will stand at attention along the north end of 17th Street, which leads to the University of Tennessee campus and the Fort Sanders community, site of the battle that cracked the Confederate siege of Knoxville in November 1863. City officials and history buffs expect growing ranks of visitors as the war’s 150th anniversary approaches.

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