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In Tennessee, a massive dawn Confederate infantry attack on Knoxville's defenses fails completely

"The Fight Over the Ditch," Fort Sanders, Tennessee, November 29, 1863, artist's impression, detail
11/29/1863
Confederate General Longstreet hoped to capture Union-held Knoxville, Tennessee with a dawn infantry assault on Fort Sanders, the main strongpoint of Union defenses.  The attack took place after a night of sleet and rain and failed disastrously, largely due to poor reconnaissance of the objective.  The Confederates suffered heavy losses and pulled back after only twenty minutes, effectively raising the seige of Knoxville.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Oliver Perry Temple, East Tennessee and the Civil War (Cincinnati, OH: The Robert Clarke Company, 1899), 491-494. 
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