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Lincolnites and RebelsA Divided Town in the American Civil War$
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Robert Tracy McKenzie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.001.0001

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Liberation, Occupation, and Twenty Minutes of Carnage

Liberation, Occupation, and Twenty Minutes of Carnage

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(p.141) CHAPTER SIX Liberation, Occupation, and Twenty Minutes of Carnage
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Lincolnites and Rebels
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Robert Tracy McKenzie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the “liberation” of Knoxville by a Union army under General Ambrose Burnside in September 1863, and the subsequent efforts by Confederate General James Longstreet to reclaim the town two months later. It begins with a survey of perceptions of Appalachia recorded by Northern soldiers as they entered East Tennessee. It then turns to a detailed narrative of the siege of Knoxville, during which time nearly 40,000 soldiers (Union and Confederate) were camped in and around this town of 4,000. The three-week-long siege culminated in the Battle of Fort Sanders on November 29, 1863. In pitting generals Burnside and Longstreet against one another, the battle was in many respects a recreation of the famous Battle of Fredericksburg with the roles reversed, with Longstreet forced to assault a strongly positioned defensive force commanded by Burnside.

Keywords:   Battle of Fort Sanders, Ambrose Burnsidem, James Longstreet, Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee, perceptions of Appalachia

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