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|Thats a good point Pender, but Knoxville was Longstreets 1st independent command. Also i think the weather played a big role in longstreets loss at knoxville. When he ordered the suprise attack at dawn he didnt take in consideration the frost on the ground so that when his troops tried to climb up the walls of the fort they couldnt get a footing. If he had kept to his original plans he probably would have taken fort sanders, the artillery bombardment would have blasted most of the frost from the side of the fort. Another thing to think about is this... Longstreet preferred to defend. His defenses at Fredericksburg was amazing.