Portrait of James Longstreet.

Lieutenant General James Longstreet besieged Knoxville for over five weeks before giving up and heading toward Virginia in December 1863. [Wikimedia Commons]

Siege of Knoxville - Facts

November 4–December 14, 1863

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



  • November 4–December 14, 1863


  • Knox County, Tennessee


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Ohio, 13th Army Corps, Shackelford’s Cavalry Corps

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Longstreet’s Command, Martin’s Cavalry Corps

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 5,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 15,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 1,200 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 2,250 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Union victory

Timeline of the Knoxville Campaign

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


Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Siege of Knoxville - Facts
  • Coverage November 4–December 14, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords siege of knoxville
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 12, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 25, 2022