December 29, This day during the American Civil War

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December 29, 1863 – The Battle of Mossy Creek was a minor battle of the American Civil War, occurring on December 29, 1863, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Union  Brig. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis, while encamped at Mossy Creek and forward towards Talbott’s Station, received a report on the night of December 28, 1863, that a brigade of Confederate cavalry had gone into camp that afternoon near Dandridge south of Mossy Creek. Surmising that the enemy force was split, Sturgis decided to meet, defeat, and possibly capture the encamped enemy cavalry. To accomplish this, he ordered a portion of his troops out of Mossy Creek and Talbott’s Station toward Dandridge. After these forces had departed, Maj. Gen. William T. Martin, commander of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet’s Confederate cavalry, encamped at Panther Creek near Morristown, attacked the small Federal force at Talbott’s Station at 9:00 a.m. on December 29 The Federals slowly…

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