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James White, an officer in the American Revolution, liked what he saw here in 1786, so he built a house and began to put down roots. Just five years later the local Cherokee people ceded all of their rights to this land, opening way for the community to be platted in 1792. As more and more adventurous folks began making the journey west, Knoxville became an important stop for supplies.
During the Civil War, the towns people had a tough time agreeing which side was right, some leaning toward the South, others sure the North was right. From the beginning of the war until 1863, Knoxville was dominated by Confederate soldiers but then the tide turned and the Union troops took over under the leadership of General Ambrose Burnside.
General James Longstreet and his Confederate troops weren't quite ready to give up yet though, so they fought hard to regain Knoxville in November 1863. At battle's end, General Burnside had comfort in knowing he had held his ground.
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