Tennessee Declares End to 1892 Coal Creek War
State no longer at war with miners
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 5:44 AM CDT
This 1892 Harper's Magazine illustration shows miners firing on Fort Anderson, Tennessee.   (Wikipedia)

(Newser) – Some 121 years after the Coal Creek War broke out, Tennessee has officially declared an end to hostilities. A "peace treaty" to end the labor uprising was signed earlier this month at Fort Anderson, where Tennessee National Guardsmen once battled striking coal miners enraged by the use of convict labor to replace free workers, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. Now, little remains of the fort—newly added to the National Register of Historic Places—beyond the trenches that were constructed to safeguard the guardsmen during the Coal Creek War, which had never been officially ended.

At least 27 miners were killed and hundreds more arrested during the insurrection, which led to an end of the state's convict-leasing system. Students from the nearby Briceville Elementary School played home-made instruments as the treaty was signed on May 17. "This is a really great way to involve young people in history," said an attending Republican state senator, who donned a green bandana like those worn by the striking miners.

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Tomsylvania
May 28, 2013 8:15 AM CDT
"...Republican state senator, who donned a green bandana like those worn by the striking miners." LOL
WrestedRogue
May 27, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
The war's over? Damit. Does this mean I have to get a job?
Ivan_the_Gypsy
May 27, 2013 12:50 PM CDT
There were cal wars in Pessylvania around those times. The coal mine owners fighting union organizers. The union finally won and put the coal industry out of businesss.