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December, 1864, and the Federal cavalry is moving from Knoxville towards Saltville, Va., to destroy one of the last sources of raw materials in the Confederacy. Standing between them and their goal is a band of Confederate Cavalry along the banks of the North Fork of the Holston River in
The Rebels were determined to stop the advancing Federals, but the Yankees had a surprise leading the way, East Tennessee Unionists. In the battle that follow, the Unionists used their local knowledge of the area to slip around and attack the defending Rebels from behind and in front at the same time, routing them. With the Rebels defeated, the Yankee cavalry pushed on to successfully destroy the salt works in Saltville and the ore mines near there, hammering another nail in the coffin of the Confederacy.
This year, in honor of the 150th Anniversary
of the Battle of Kingsport, the Kingsport Times-News - in partnership with the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, The John Singleton Mosby Camp #1409 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Netherland Inn - are commissioning a limited edition commemorative medal for the occasion.
These medals will be based on the Civil War veteran's medal. The back of the medal reads 150th Anniversary, Battle of Kingsport, Dec. 13th 1864-2014. For the design on the front of the medal, we are seeking submissions among area students.
One could say instead of a call to arms this is a call to pen and pencil for all students, public, private or home schooled in grades 6-12 to question your history teachers and bug your art teachers to come up with a design that fits into a circle 1 1/4" in diameter that represents the battle that took place that cold December day on the banks of the North Fork of the Holston River.
The purpose of these medals is to encourage students to learn about their local history and to preserve the memory of those who fought for their country and their beliefs.
The winner will receive $100 in cash and will be featured along with their design in the Times-News. In addition the winner will be presented with the first medal during the ceremony hosted by the John Singleton Mosby Camp, located by the Battle of Kingsport monument on the Greenbelt this December 13th.
There will also be four runners-up selected, two from middle school grades 6-8 and two from high school grades 9-12, who will receive $50 each and be featured in the Times-News with their art.
The deadline to get entries into the Times-News is 5 p.m. on Sept. 12. Entries must have an entry form attached. You can pick up an entry form at local middle and high schools, the Times-News office at 701 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport, or print it out from our website at http://www.timesnews.net/file/medal. Student entry forms are also available in today's Times-News
The Times-News is now taking pre-orders for these medals, which will be a valuable addition to any Civil War collection and a great gift to any lover of history. The medals will arrive in time for Christmas, and are guaranteed to all who pre-order by Friday, Sept.19. After that, a small number of additional medals will be available on a first come basis until they are gone.
Medals are $20 each (plus tax), or only $10 each (plus tax) if you are a Times-News subscriber. The medals can be ordered by phone by calling Lisa Wells at the Times-News, 423-723-1453 or call toll free at 1-800-251-0328 and ask for Lisa.