During the Civil War there was a battle between Confederate and Union soldiers in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. June 19th through 21st re-enactors will take the field again to fight the “Battle of Burg Hill.” Hosted at Mills Park just outside of Gatlinburg, this historical reenactment tries to retell the events that happened during the Battle of Burg Hill. The soldiers from both sides will be represented and it promises to be a great educational experience.
Here is a brief history of the battle: With gunpowder ingredients being mined at Alum Cave the Union forces from Knoxville and Sevierville came to take the fort at Burg Hill. The two sides clashed and over 200 men were involved in the battle that ranged all over the mountainside and through the town of Gatlinburg. Luckily no one was killed in the battle and though some were wounded only one Union soldier was taken captive. Colonel Thomas the Confederate leader was forced to withdraw back over the mountains as the fighting ended near Kodak, TN.
The reenactment is expecting to have more than 150 soldiers at the event to reenact the battle. These soldiers will be in replica uniforms of the time and visitors will get to see what camp life and battle conditions may have been like during that turbulent time period in history. You will hear the call of battle, the famous/infamous Rebel yell and of course the rifle fire. Make plans to come out and root for the North or the South.