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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state.  The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important.

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • November 18, 1863

    Union General William P. Sanders is mortally wounded in front of Second Presbyterian Church on this day in 1863 in Knoxville.  Fort Sanders, near the University of Tennessee, was named in his honor.