Siege of Knoxville - Facts

November 4–December 14, 1863

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

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]



  • 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
  • Date November 4–December 14, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords siege of knoxville
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date March 24, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 25, 2022

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