Excerpt from Report of the New York Monuments Commission on the Dedication of Monument to the Seventy-Ninth Regiment Highlanders New York Volunteers, Knoxville, Tenn., September 23, 1918
Giving credit where credit was due was well illustrated at Knox ville ou September 23, 1918, when a monument was dedicated there to one of the New York infantry regiments that took part in the East Tennessee campaign, during the fall and winter Of 1863. This regiment, the Seventy-ninth New York Highlanders, established a high reputation for valor and all-round dependability in the thirty odd fields where it was in action. Whether in wide spread operations, time and again, or pent up in beleaguered quarters, fighting on the defensive against heavy odds, as in the siege of Knoxville, their sum of service and proportion of sacrifice stamp the Highlanders as one of the foremost organizations that served in the Union armies. Consequently, there was no denying the fact that they were deserving of lasting memorial honors when their veteran association sought eventually to put this laudable ambition into effect.
The Highlanders took what was practically a leading part in the defense of Fort Sanders, November '219, 1863; and it was this famed arena, among all the scenes of memorable exploits in which they participated, that they had constantly in mind for erecting a monument to their regiment.
The h0pe that they had so long cherished to see this in its desired place in Knoxville was at last in the way of being realized when the Legislature of 1917 voted for their use, pursuant to a bill introduced by Senator Alfred J. Gilchrist.
On investigation, it was not found practicable to have the monu ment placed anywhere within the bounds of Fort Sanders itself. As primarily intended; and failing this the City Commissioners of Knoxville generously donated other appropriate ground for it, in the vicinity, which is at Clinch Avenue Park.
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