November 19, 1863U.S. General William P. Sanders died in the bridal suite of this building which was the Lamar House hotel at the time of the Civil War. On the previous afternoon Sanders was mortally wounded as his cavalry fought on Kingston Road, delaying the Confederate forces advancing against Knoxville. General Sanders was a West Point classmate and personal friend of Captain Orlando Poe who designed and supervised construction of the defenses of Knoxville. His funeral took place the night of the 19th with his casket being carried to the site of the Second Presbyterian Church on Market Street where Sanders was buried. In attendance were Commanding General Ambrose Burnside, Captain Poe, staff officers, Sue Boyd, her mother, a minister, and a small number of musicians and soldiers. Five days later, General Burnside announced his death and named Fort Sanders in his honor. Today General Sanders rests in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
|Placed By||Knoxville Civil War Roundtable and Bijou Theatre Board of Directors|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 10:04pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 236957 N 3983723|
|Decimal Degrees||35.96250000, -83.91678333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 57.75', W 83° 55.007'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 57' 45" N, 83° 55' 0.41999999999987" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 807 S Gay St, Knoxville TN 37902, US|
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