Fort Dickerson was named for its first commander, U.S. Army Captain Jonathan C. Dickerson of the 112th Illinois Volunteer Mounted Infantry. A 30-year-old carpenter, he played a significant role in Knoxville during the siege of the city in 1863. The fort is one of 16 earthen forts and battery positions that protected the City of Knoxville during the Civil War. Fort Dickerson is said to be the best preserved of all earthworks forts of that era. The park is known for its beautiful views of the whole City of Knoxville to the high ridges beyond Fountain City. There is also a view of the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains with the mountains in the distance. Because the fort was not accessible by public road until 1956, it remained mostly undisturbed.
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