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'Peace treaty' signed to end Coal Creek War

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LAKE CITY, Tenn.- A peace treaty formally ending the infamous Coal Creek War of 1892 was signed this month on tree-shrouded Militia Hill, a knoll of remote Vowell Mountain overlooking Lake City.

The ceremony also recognized the site as the location of Fort Anderson, where Tennessee National Guardsmen fought a pitched battle with striking coal miners upset that the state had brought in convicts to work in their mines.

Trenches dug by guardsmen as battlements and protections from attacking coal miners are the only visible remnants of the fort.

Barry Thacker is president of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation. He says the location, featuring nine markers describing that bloody chapter of Anderson County's past, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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