Battle of Blountsville

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Battle of Blountsville
Began:

September 22, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Sullivan County, Tennessee

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

East Tennessee Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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2nd Brigade, 4th Division,
XXIII Army Corps,
Department of the Ohio

1st Tennessee Cavalry
Regiment and Artillery

Commanders

John W. Foster
Colonel, USA

James E. Carter
Colonel, CSA

Strength

1,200

Casualties

27

165

  

Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, commander of the Department of the Ohio, undertook an expedition into East Tennessee to clear the roads and gaps to Virginia, and, if possible, secure the saltworks beyond Abingdon. On September 22, Union Col. John W. Foster with his cavalry and artillery engaged Col. James E. Carter and his troops at Blountsville. Foster attacked at noon and in the four-hour battle, shelled the town and initiated a flanking movement, compelling the Confederates to withdraw. Blountsville was the initial step in the Union’s attempt to force Confederate Maj. Gen. Sam Jones and his command to retire from East Tennessee. (NPS summary)

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