150th anniversary of Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan at the 1863 siege & battle of Knoxville
December 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
In August 1863, after the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the 20th Michigan returned to Kentucky.
In October, the 20th Michigan crossed through the Cumberland Gap to eastern Tennessee.
Many people in eastern Tennessee were strongly pro-Union. One of President Lincoln’s priorities was to secure the area and provide them protection from the Confederates.
In September 1863, after the Confederate victory at Chickamauga, Georgia, the main Union army retreated to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Confederates cut…
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