On November 17, 1863, the siege of the city of Knoxville, Tennessee began led by Confederate General James Longstreet.
The city had 1st been occupied by rebel troops in 1861, but in early 1863, the city was occupied by US troops under Ambrose E. Burnside. The siege would climax with the Battle of Knoxville.
Longstreet attempted to take Fort Sanders but was unsuccessful. Knoxville remained in Union hands for the duration of the Civil War.