Portrait of James Longstreet.

The Battle of Fort Sanders was the decisive engagement of Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s siege of Knoxville, Tennessee. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Fort Sanders

November 29, 1863

Key facts about the Battle of Fort Sanders.

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Date

  • November 29, 1863

Location

  • Knox County, Tennessee

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Ohio

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Confederate Forces in East Tennessee

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,400

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 20 (killed, wounded, missing, or captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 800 (129 killed, 458 wounded, and 226 captured)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • The Battle of Fort Sanders was the decisive engagement of Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s siege of Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Union soldiers easily repulsed Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s assault on Fort Sanders in just twenty minutes.
  • Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet lifted his siege of Knoxville on December 4, 1863.

Timeline of the Knoxville Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Knoxville Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Fort Sanders
  • Coverage November 29, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of fort sanders, knoxville campaign, american civil war, james longstreet, ambrose burnside
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 22, 2021
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