Knoxville Campaign Facts

November 4–December 14, 1863

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

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]


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
  • Date November 4–December 14, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords knoxville campaign, facts
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date June 1, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 20, 2022

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