Kingsport is a city in northeastern Tennessee (USA), located on the Holston River, in a valley among the Appalachians.
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It belongs to Sullivan and Hawkins Counties. It is part of the region known as the "Mountain Empire". The population as of the 2019 estimate was 54,127 (the 12th most populous city in the state).History. The place where Kingsport originated has had many names throughout its history. The name Kingsport was adopted around 1774. Pioneers and early settlers used the river to transport food and people to Knoxville.
Kingsport was an important trading port on the Holston River. At the Battle of Kingsport on December 13, 1864, during the American Civil War, 300 Confederates under Colonel Richard Morgan held off a superior Northern force of 5,500 men on the opposite side of the Holston River for about two days. However, then a significant part of the northerners crossed the river in another place and went to the rear of the enemy. Once surrounded, the Confederates surrendered. 18 Confederates were killed and 84 captured. As a result of the Civil War, Kingsport fell into disrepair for a long time.