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Sullivan County Civil War Days
June 17-20, 2010, Historic Blountville, Tennessee

 
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Sullivan County Civil War Days

Sullivan County Civil War Days!
Come see the soldiers, smell the smoke of the cannons, sit by the campfires, hear the Sacred Harp singers, listen to the ghost stories, and meet General Robert E. Lee! One of Blountville's premier events is scheduled to take place beginning June 17 and running through June 20.

The Battle of Blountville took place in the historic town on September 22, 1863. In its efforts to take control of the railroads and nearby saltworks, the Union Army initiated a major expedition into East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. On September, Union Col. John W. Foster attacked Confederate troops under the command of Col. James E. Carter at Blountville, shelling the town and initiating a flanking movement, compelling the Confederates to withdraw. The battle began at noon and lasted only four hours, but the town bore the scars of the battle for years to come.

In commemoration of the Battle of Blountville, regional historic groups and the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism have come together to bring you a unique event, Sullivan County Civil War Days. See the full list of events below!

Tune in!

  • Thurs., June 10, 2010, at 7:30 a.m., "Carl and Dave Show", Radio 910AM - Ric Dulaney, Chairman of the Sullivan County Civil War Days Committee, will be sharing exciting news about the upcoming Sullivan County Civil War Days!
  • Tues., June 8, 2010, at 12 noon, WCYB-TV5, Ric Dulaney will appear in period dress for noon segment regarding the Sullivan County Civil War Days event.
  • Week of June 15-June 19, tune in to 96.9 WXBQ FM for exciting news about the event!

General Lee

Event Schedule

June 17 7 p.m. "Call to Arms: Sullivan County Civil War Days", Sullivan County Courthouse. This "kickoff" event is the prelude to the Sullivan County Civil War Days to be held in Blountville on June 19-20.  The program will be presented by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp, Sons of the Confederate Veterans.  The event is free and the general public is cordially invited.  For further information, please call (423) 323-4660.
June 18 5 p.m.      Camps set up (for re-enactors only)
June 19 9 a.m. Camps open to general public, Community Park behind the Courthouse.
June 19 9 a.m. Civil War Period Music, 50th Virginia Regimental Band, Community Park behind the Courthouse.
June 19 9 a.m. Old Deery Inn and Museum, open for tours, 9 AM to 4 PM. Tours begin at Old Deery Inn, Great Stage Road.
June 19 10 a.m.      Officers Call (for re-enactors only)
June 19 10 a.m. "Can Joe John", Civil War period music, Community Park behind the Courthouse.
June 19 10:30 a.m. Military demos 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, recruitment station, mail call, pay call, trial/execution; medical exhibit, period medicine and more! Location: Community Park behind historic Sullivan County Courthouse.
June 19 1:00 p.m. Civil War Re-enactment, Great Stage Road (main street), historic Blountville.
June 19 2:00 p.m. Civil War Period Music, 50th Virginia Regimental Band, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Community Center adjacent to Old Deery Inn.
June 19 2:00 p.m. Meet General Robert E. Lee and staff, southeast portico of historic Sullivan County Courthouse.
June 19 2:30 p.m. H. K. Edgerton, African-American Confederate Historian and Activist, Southeast portico of historic Sullivan County Courthouse.
June 19 3:00 p.m. Tales of the Civil War, by Dr. Nancy Hamblen Acuff (County Historian), Anderson Townhouse, Great Stage Road (main street)
June 19 4:00 p.m. "Sullivan County and the Civil War", historian Bud Phillips, Community Park behind courthouse.
June 19 4:30 p.m. "Can Joe John", Civil War period music, Community Park behind the Courthouse.
June 19 5:00 p.m.      Visit food vendors
June 19 8:00 p.m. Civil War Period Music, 50th Virginia Regimental Band, Community Park behind the Courthouse.
June 19 8:30 p.m. “Reflections of the Past: History & True Ghost Stories” (Allen McGee), Community Park behind the Courthouse.
June 20 10:00 a.m.      Officers Call (for re-enactors only)
June 20 10:30 a.m. Period worship service, Chaplain Ric Morrell, Community Park behind the Courthouse.
June 20 11:00 a.m. Military demos 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, recruitment station, mail call, pay call, trial/execution; medical exhibit, period medicine and more! Location: Community Park behind historic Sullivan County Courthouse.
June 20 1:00 p.m. Civil War Re-enactment, Great Stage Road (main street), historic Blountville.
June 20 2:00 p.m.      Activities cease

This event is brought to you by:

  • Cleburne’s Division, SCV Re-Enactors
  • Vaughn’s Brigade, East TN Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817, Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • Col. John S. Mosby Camp #1409, Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • James Keeling Camp #52, Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • Gen. Alfred E. Jackson Camp #2159, Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • 19th TN Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co. B. Re-Enactors
  • 12th TN Cavalry Battalion, Co. B Re-Enactors
  • 50th VA Infantry Regiment, Co. H Re-Enactors
  • 59th TN Infantry, Co. F. Re-Enactors
  • 1st East Tennessee Artillery
  • Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society
  • Sullivan County Historic Preservation Association
  • Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism.

Sullivan County event

Directions

Historic Blountville is located in the Northeast corner of East Tennessee.

Traveling from Virginia: Take I-81 South into Tennessee approximately 10 miles to Exit 69. Take Exit 69 and turn left onto TN-394, traveling 3/10 mile toward Blountville. Look for signs and encampment on your immediate left in downtown Blountville.

Traveling from Knoxville: Take I-81 North toward Bristol. Take Exit 69, and turn right onto Hwy. 394. Travel 3/10 mile toward Blountville. Look for signs and encampment on your immediate left in downtown Blountville.


For further information

Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
(423) 323-4660.

CanJoeJohn

"CanJoe John" to appear at Civil War Days
Reportedly "the world's most unique musician", CanJoe John plays the world's most unique musical instrument, the "canjoe". Recipient of the adult 2007 "Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the Year", CanJoe John is additionally noted for his presentation of Civil War period music. CanJoe will appear at the Sullivan County Civil War Days slated for June 19-20 in historic downtown Blountville.

 

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