The Battle of Stone’s River, Also Known As The Battle Of Murfreesboro, Began On December 31st, 1862.

by Daniel Russ on December 31, 2009

Post image for The Battle of Stone’s River, Also Known As The Battle Of Murfreesboro, Began On December 31st, 1862. General Rosecrans At Stones River, December 31st, 1862

Beginning on December 31st and continuing to January 2nd, 1862, this was a struggle for control of Middle Tennessee. After having suffered a tremendous defeat at Fredericksburg, Lincoln rearranged the commands and Union General William Rosecrans was placed in charge of 44,000 men; who then pursued Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s force into Murfreesboro, Tennessee. There he found Bragg’s 37,000 man force, and attacked on New Year’s eve. The Confederates drove Rosecrans forces back to Nashville where the lines held. Union reinforcements showed up and were able to hold off three days of Confederate charges. Union forces crossed Stones River and Bragg’s forces pushed them back across McFadden’s Landing where the lines remained static. The advantage changed hands several times, but the Union forces could not be dislodged. All tolled, there were 23,515 casualties. After January 2nd, Bragg left the battlefield and headed to Tullahoma, Tennessee. The win went into the Union column.

Sources: Wikipedia, Heritage Preservation Society.

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