President Lincoln Worries about Union Garrison at Knoxville, Tennessee

November 16, 1863

Concerned about Knoxville, President Lincoln telegraphs General Ambrose Burnside: “What is the news?” Burnside responds:

Longstreet crossed the Tennessee River on Saturday at Huff’s Ferry six miles below Loudon with about 15,000 men. We have resisted the advance steadily repulsing every attack, holding on, till our position was turned by superior numbers, and then retiring in good order.

He attacked us yesterday about eleven o’clock at Campbell’s Station and heavy fighting has been going on all day, in which we have held our own and inflicted serious loss on the enemy.

No fighting since dark. We commenced retiring, and the most of the command is now within the lines of Knoxville.

Among the President’s visitors are some Italian naval officers, visitors from Canada, and

Connecticut Senator Lafayette S. Foster.  President nominates New Yorker Richard Busteed  him to be judge in northern Alabama.

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