Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Journey: Pursued through East Tennessee

The 13th Regiment marched with the rest of Longstreet’s reduced Corps through the cold and drenching night, Dec. 4-5, 1863, dressed only in ragged summer clothing. They all stopped about 4 a.m. and rested for a few hours before starting … Continue reading

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Withdrawal: Miles of fence on fire

After the failed first-light attack on Fort Sanders, General Burnside offered his old West Point classmate General Longstreet a flag of truce. “The morning being very cold and frosty, and the enemy’s wounded in our ditch and in front of … Continue reading

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The Battle of Fort Sanders

By Nov. 28, 1863, the siege of Knoxville was entering its second week. Longstreet, who had been dithering on the question of where best to attack the Union defenses, had finally settled on one—the red-dirt Fort Sanders (above, looking west) … Continue reading

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The siege of Knoxville

“The enemy is in full retreat,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded on Monday evening, Nov. 16, 1863. “The loss of the enemy in killed and wounded [at Campbell's Station] was large, our loss was small.” Indeed, “[m]any of … Continue reading

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