Battle of Kingsport

Ned Jilton • Updated Dec 9, 2017 at 8:43 PM
A gathering of hearty souls braved the cold at Netherland Inn Saturday for the annual commemoration of the Battle of Kingsport. John Byington, with the John S. Mosby Camp 1409 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, told the story of the Dec. 13, 1864, battle which took place on the north fork of the Holston River and became a Confederate defeat after Union Col. Samuel K. Patton, from Kingsport, led the U.S. 8th East Tennessee Cavalry up-river to another crossing and then down behind the Confederate lines to attack from the rear. Following the speech an honor guard under the command of Rick Ragle fired volleys in salute.
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