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On This Day 1/2/1863
1/10/2011 6:05:47 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]


The "Battle of Stones River" concludes


The "Battle of Stones River" concludes when the Union troops of William Rosecrans defeat Confederates under General Braxton Bragg at Murfeesboro, just south of Nashville, Tennessee. This battle was a crucial engagement in the contest for central Tennessee, and provided a Union victory during a very bleak period for the North.

The end of 1862 found General Rosecrans "Army of the Cumberland" in Nashville, Tennessee, thirty miles north of General Braggs troops. General Rosecrans assumed command of the Army in October, with the understanding that he would attack General Bragg and drive the Confederates from central Tennessee.

This move was delayed throughout the fall by General John Morgan's cavalry, who harrassed the Federals and threatened their supply line. Finally, the day after Christmas General Rosecrans moved his troops south to meet General Bragg.

The Armies collided along Stones River on New Year's Eve. Facing larger Union troops, forty-two thousand Union troops as opposed to thirty-five thousand Confederate troops, General Bragg launched an attack in bitterly cold morning fog against the Yankee's right flank.

The attack was initially successful in driving the Union troops back, but the Yankee's did not break. A day of heavy fighting brought frightful casualties, and the suffering was compounded by the frigid weather.

The Confederate troops came close to winning, but were not quite able to turn the Union flank against Stones River. The new year dawned the next day with each Army still in the field and ready for another fight.

The strike came on January 2, 1863 and the Confederate troops lost the hard fought battle. General Bragg attacked against the advice of his Generals and lost the confidence of his Army. The Union troops repelled the assault, and General Bragg was forced back to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The North was in control of central Tennessee and the Union victory provided a much needed moral boost in the aftermath of the disastrous "Battle of Fredericksburg". Stones River was a hard-fought and very bloody engagement, with some of the highest casualty rates of the "War Between the States".

The Confederate troops lost thirty-three percent of their troops, while thirty-one percent of the Union troops were either killed, wounded or missing. Combined casualties totaled nearly twenty-five thousand troops. President Lincoln later wrote to General Rosecrans:

"You gave us a hard victory which, had
there been a defeat instead, the nation
could scarcely have lived over".



(K) (HST


William Rosecrans Union General
Braxton Bragg Confederate General
John Morgan Confederate General
Abraham Lincoln President - USA


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