The Civil War in Knoxville

A City Divided

It's the 150th anniversary year of the siege of Knoxville, one of the most sharply divided cities during the civil war. Occupied by both sides with recruiting offices set up on Gay Street on the same day, Knoxville was home to spies, street fights, and family feuds that outlasted the war.

Visit the downtown sites and then get an overview of the battles and fortifications from the observation deck of the Sunsphere.


  • The Occupation
  • The Battle of Ft Sanders
  • Divided families, betrayals, miracle shots, and more


  • ~90 minutes
  • Meet in front of The French Market, 526 S. Gay Street
  • Reservations required (book tickets below or call 865-309-4522)

- Adults: $15
- Children 6-12: $10
- Group rates available

Contact us about other dates, large groups, and step-on bus tours.

Custom tours available by appointment for groups as small as three adults.
Call 865-309-4522 to schedule a tour.