In 1981 a neighborhood between the University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville was urban-renewed to make way for the site of the 1982 World’s Fair. After the Fair, the area was developed into a city park. One of its features is a memorial to East Tennessee Veterans of foreign wars beginning with World War I. 6200 names of veterans are inscribed there. In this book, we learn the stories of 300 of them, including all 14 East Tennessee recipients of the Medal of Honor. “At last! A reliable, well-researched, and thoroughly engaging source to some of the most compelling accounts of East Tennessee heroism and sacrifice. Military historians and casual readers alike will find hours of thoughtful, informative reading in this ambitious and compassionate regional study.” —Lisa M. Budreau. The author, John Romeiser, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, and Jack McCall is a Knoxville lawyer.
Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2020. 389 pages with an Index, Selected Bibliography, Glossary, Notes, and photos. 7.5” X 10.5” Hardback in dust jacket.