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The Knoxville CampaignThe Frank H. McClung Museum will host a book signing and lecture on Earl J. Hess’s new Civil War book, The Knoxville Campaign, on Sunday, November 11. Artist Ken Smith also will be on hand to sign prints of his Civil War artwork At First Light.

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to meet the writer and artist and to buy copies of the book and the print.

Published by the UT Press, The Knoxville Campaign tells the often-overlooked history of the 1863 campaign for Knoxville led by Union General Ambrose Burnside and Confederate General James Longstreet. This important campaign has never been the topic of a full-length work. The publication of the book also coincides with and commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Hess is an award-winning historian and the Stewart McClelland Distinguished Professor in Humanities at Lincoln Memorial University.

Ken Smith’s Civil War painting At First Light was commissioned by the McClung Museum and depicts the Confederate attack on Union-held Fort Sanders in Knoxville.

Smith currently lives and works in southwest Virginia, and is an assistant professor of graphic design at Radford University. Before this, he lived in the Knoxville area for more than thirty years and is a UT alumnus.

The museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive.

Photography is welcome in most museum galleries. Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries.

The museum’s exhibits include archaeology, ancient Egypt, decorative arts, the battle of Fort Sanders, geology, and fossils. Admission is free.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the museum’s website.


Joan Markel (865-974-2144, jmarkel@utk.edu)

Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921, cshteynb@utk.edu)