First settled in 1786, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee. The city struggled with geographic isolation throughout the early 19th century. The arrival of the railroad in 1855 led to an economic boom. During the American Civil War, the city was bitterly divided over the secession issue, and was occupied alternately by both Confederate and Union armies. Following the war, Knoxville grew rapidly as a major wholesaling and manufacturing center.
Knoxville in The Guns of the SouthEdit
The votes from Knoxville were the last to be counted during the Confederate Presidential race of 1867. They gave Robert E. Lee the necessary margin to carry the state of Tennessee, and with it the election overall.