Portrait of James Longstreet.

In November and December 1863, General James Longstreet moved a Confederate force from Chattanooga to Knoxville to prevent Major General Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Ohio to relieve Union forces under siege at Chattanooga. [Wikimedia Commons]

Knoxville Campaign Facts

November 4–December 14, 1863

Key facts about Confederate General James Longstreet's Knoxville Campaign of 1863.


Date and Location

  • November 4–December 14, 1863
  • Eastern Tennessee

Timeline of the Knoxville Campaign

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

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Department of the Ohio (9th and 23rd Army Corps)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Longstreet’s Command

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 20,500

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 15,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • Undetermined, but at least 1,100 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • Undetermined, but at least 2,300 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Union victory

Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Knoxville Campaign Facts
  • Coverage November 4–December 14, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords knoxville campaign, facts
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 28, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 20, 2022