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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 29, 1863

Battle of Fort Sanders

The Battle of Fort Sanders, part of the Knoxville Campaign, took place. The Confederate army under native Georgian James Longstreet had been besieging Knoxville for a week, when they attempted to assault Fort Sanders - the one place in the Union line considered vulnerable. But the area was well defended and the attack was unsuccessful; the Confederates lost 780 men, while the Union lost only 100. This was the final significant encounter of the Knoxville campaign, the siege of the city had little effect on the well supplied Union army.