Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Local archaeologist help restore Coal Creek War site
It might come as a surprise, but one of the last wars ever fought on American soil happened right here in East Tennessee. The Coal Creek War of 1891 centered around the miners of Anderson County. Now, more than a 100 years later, volunteers are turning the old battle ground into a historical site. Advertisement

Archaeologist and volunteers dig around the Coal Creek War site, searching for artifacts. The search begins on Militia Hill, with archaeologist Dr. Elizabeth Kellar Decorse and her team. They search four acres, digging for clues that could reveal what life was like for the Tennessee Militia who lived on the hill.

Hmm. Dunno if a skirmish between miners and a miltia constitutes an actual "war" or not, but I'd never heard of it. And thus, it was posted.