13.-fight at Campbell's Station, Tenn.
Knoxville, Tenn., November 7, 1863.
The first engagement of any consequence between our forces and those of Longstreet, in the retreat to Knoxville, took place yesterday, at Campbell's Station — a little collection of houses on the Kingston road, where it forms a junction with the road to Loudon.
During the night of Sunday, the rebels made three different charges on our position at Lenoir, with the intention of capturing the batteries on the right of our position; but every onset was met and repulsed.
In the morning, our troops again took up the march in retreat, and the rebels pushed our rear-guard with so much energy that we were compelled to burn a train of wagons, to obtain the mules to aid in getting away the artillery.
Its destruction was necessary, as otherwise we would have been compelled to abandon it to the enemy.
One piece of artillery, which had become mired and could not be hauled out by the horses, fell into t