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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 04, 1863

Longstreet Abandoned Seige, Intending to Rejoin Lee

When Confederate General James Longstreet, then in command of the army besieging Knoxville, learned that 25,000 Union troops under General William T. Sherman had been sent to relieve the city, he abandoned the siege and moved his army towards the northeast, intending to again united with General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia after quartering for the winter.