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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 14, 1863

Battle of Bean’s Station

The Battle of Bean’s Station in Tennessee took place, culminating the Knoxville campaign. Since the withdrawal from Knoxville, Union forces had been probing the Confederate lines, resulting in some heavy skirmishing. Today, General James Longstreet, native Georgian and commander of the Confederate army in Tennessee, launched an assault on the trailing Union forces, driving them back towards Knoxville. He considered another assault the following today, but found the Union forces too well entrenched. Both armies settled in for their winter camp after this engagement.