Dorothy Kelly, preservation and program director for the Knoxville
Civil War Roundtable, stated, "We have been proud through the years
to support Fort Dickerson through cleanups, the installation of
educational materials and through special activities that highlight
Knoxville's role during the Civil War. This grant will be used to
make additional improvements at the park that will enhance the visitor
experience to this historic site."
Fort Dickerson was one of 16 earthen forts and battery positions
built by the Federal army around Knoxville during the Civil War.
The new funds will be used to rebuild a retaining wall and steps
leading into the site, allowing for better access to interpretive
signs and three replicas of ordnance rifles the Civil War Roundtable
has installed on the site. In addition, the tree canopy will be
thinned and undergrowth removed to restore the view from the fort
to downtown Knoxville.
Fort Dickerson is located off Chapman Highway, less than a mile
south of the Henley Street Bridge. The 85-acre park also contains
two shelters and picnic tables.