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Battle of Blountsville
Part of the American Civil War
Date September 23, 1863 (1863-09-23)
Location Sullivan County, Tennessee
Result Union victory
Belligerents
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders
John W. Foster James E. Carter
Strength
2nd Brigade/4th Division/XXIII Corps 1st Tennessee Cavalry Regiment
Casualties and losses
27 165

The Battle of Blountsville was a battle of the American Civil War, occurring on September 22, 1863, in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

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.

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