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CSI Knoxville – 1863

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Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:05PM-6:20PM 32092Second

In November of 1863, Gen. Longstreet’s divisions attacked Knoxville, leaving Confederate dead littering the slopes of Ft. Sanders. Cal Johnson, a former slave who would become Knoxville’s first black millionaire, received $1 for each Confederate body retrieved from the battlefield and buried in mass graves near Knoxville’s Old City. Who are the Union men (prisoners) who are buried in a mass grave nearby from the earlier Confederate occupation of Knoxville? We will use ground-penetrating radar and satellite mapping to delineate the lost boundaries of these mass graves. This is an outside surveying course along with historical investigative research of murder, cover-up, and retribution.

Professor Information

Robert Freeland


  • Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
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Dr. Freeland is Professor of Biosystems Engineering, and teaches courses on land surveying and mapping. He is a licensed professional engineer and land surveyor. He has provided underground surveying services in criminal cases for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI),  Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Nashville District Attorney’s Office, and local law enforcement.

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