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Page 739 of Battles and leaders of the Civil War (vol. 3)... : being for the most part contributions by Union and Confederate officers : based upon "The Century War series" / edited by R.U. Johnson and C.C. Clough Buel.

THE DEFENSE OF KNOXVILLE. apparently doing more digging than they. Indeed, they never constructed any works of consequence east of the Jacksboro' road. A large brick house, with two log barns, stood within the enemy's skirmish line in front of Fort Sanders, and served as cover for troublesome sharp- shooters. Why these buildinggs were not destroyed by us as we fell back I do not know, but it soon became evident that it must be done now, and the 17th Michigan Infantry was detailed for the purpose. At 9 P. M. the regi- ment, passing to the rear and left of Fort Sanders, advanced to our skirmish line, where they halted a few moments to ad- FORT SAMY just the line, and again moved forward. The enemy soon discovered the movement and opened fire, whereup- on our men charged l at a run, and quickly gained possession of AJ the buildings; a baking- pan full of warm bis- . .... X. cuits in the house indi- A eating the completeness of the surprise. A party of five volunteers un- der charge of Major F. W. Swift had been formed to set fire to the buildings. These were effectually fired, and our men were half-way on their return to our lines before the light of the burning buildings revealed the party to the enemy, who then opened a cannonade upon them. The siege and defensive operations progressed in the usual manner until the 22d, when we received informations that the enemy was constructing a raft at Boyd's Ferry, on the Holston, about six miles above Knoxville by the course of the liver, intending to set it adrift in the hope that it would reach our pontoon-bridge and carry it away, thus breaking our communication with the south side. About dark we began stretching an iron cable boom across the river above the bridge, with a view to catching the raft. The cable was about a thousand feet long, formed by linking together all the iron bars we could get, and was borne by wooden floats. Under my personal supervision the boom was completed by 9 o'clock next morning. On the evening of the 23d the enemy advanced upon our skirmishers in front of Fort Comstock and drove them back, but not until they had set fire to all the buildings in the immediate vicinity. We regained the position next 4 John C. Phillips, of Chicago, captain and chief sage in a bottle sent down the river by a Union of artillery during the siege, writes to the editors woman living near the point where the raft was that this information came in the form of a mea- being constructed. 739

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