Battle of Stones River

 

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Short Summary of the Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro)
Short Summary: The winter Battle of Stones River, also known as the Battle of Murfreesboro,
was fought on December 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863 by the Union Army led by Major General William S. Rosecrans and the Confederate Army led by General Braxton Bragg. This famous Civil War battle was fought between 41,000 Union soldiers and 35,000 Confederate troops. At the end of three days fighting the Union losses were over 12,000 and the Confederate losses amounted to over 11,000,  it was a victory for the Union.

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Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro)
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th American President who served in office from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. One of the major battlefields in the Civil War during his presidency was the horrific Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro) in Tennessee.

     

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The main battles of the Civil War were
divided into two principal theaters in which the major military operations took place. The Battle of Stones River was fought in Tennessee in the Western theater of the Civil War.

  • The Western Theater that comprised of the area west of the Appalachians and east of the Mississippi River

Battle of Stones River or the Battle of Murfreesboro?
Confusion over the name of the battle is due to different naming conventions of the North and South. The Confederacy named battles after nearby towns, farms or railroad junctions, as in Murfreesboro. Whereas the Union Army often named battles after close natural resources like rivers or creeks, as in Stones River.

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Facts about the Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro)
The
Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee was one of the few Civil War battles fought in the winter between December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863. The Battle of Stones River was fought between the Union Army of the Cumberland and the Confederate Army of Tennessee. General Rosecrans left Nashville with his 41,000 soldiers with the goal of pushing the Confederates under General Bragg out of Tennessee and then moving  on to Chattanooga, an important railroad center on the Tennessee River. The Union forces of General Rosecrans set up camp under a mile away from the Confederate Army of Tennessee along the railroad line on the Nashville Pike. The Confederacy launched a surprise attack driving back the Union forces. General Rosecrans sent in reinforcements and there was bloody, deadly close fighting with bayonets between the two sides. The Confederates forced the Union soldiers across a river crossing called McFadden's Ford. As they followed the Union troops across the river, they fell into a deadly trap. Union cannon and heavy artillery, positioned on high ground, were aimed at the Confederates. Within a matter of minutes nearly 2,000 Confederate soldiers were killed and wounded by the deadly and ferocious artillery fire.  The Confederate troops under the command of General Bragg were forced to retreat under such heavy fire and General Rosecrans claimed victory for the Union.

Facts about the Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro)
The following short fact sheet provides interesting facts and information about the Battle of Stones River, one of the major battles that was fought during the American Civil War
(April 12, 1861 and continued until May 10, 1865).

Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro): FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Facts for KidsQuestions and Answers
Battle of Stones River Fact 1Q. Where was the Battle of Stones River fought?
A. The Battle of Stones River was fought in Murfreesboro in Tennessee
 
Battle of Stones River Fact 2Q. When was the Battle of Stones River fought?
The Battle of Stones River was fought on
December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863
 
Battle of Stones River Fact 3Q. Who won the Battle of Stones River?
A. The
Battle of Stones River was won by the Union
 
Battle of Stones River Fact 4Q. Who were the generals and leaders?
A. The Confederate general was General Braxton Bragg. The Union General at the Battle of Stones River
was Major General William S. Rosecrans
 
Battle of Stones River Fact 5Q. How many men fought in the Battle of Stones River?
A. The strength of the Union force was 41,400. The number of Confederate soldiers totaled 35,000

Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro): FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro)
The info about the Battle of Stones River provides interesting facts and important information about this important Civil War conflict that occured during the presidency of the 16th President of the United States of America.

 

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Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro): FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Facts for KidsQuestions and Answers
Battle of Stones River Fact 6Q. How many Union casualties were there?
A. The total number of Union losses at the Battle of Stones River were 12,906: Number Killed 1677, Number Wounded 7543, Number Captured / Missing 3686.
 
Battle of Stones River Fact 7Q. How many Confederate casualties were there?
A.
The total number of Confederate losses at the Battle of Stones River were 11,739: Number Killed 1294, Number Wounded 7945, Number Captured / Missing 2500.
 
Battle of Stones River Fact 8Q. Why was the Battle of Stones River important?
A. The Battle of Stones River was
strategically significant because it provided the Union with a boost to morale following their defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg. It was politically significant because President Lincoln had been waiting for a military victory before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation
 
Battle of Stones River Fact 9Following news of the pending Union victory at the Battle of Stones River, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in those territories still in rebellion against the Union

Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro): FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Battle of Stones River - President Abraham Lincoln Video
The article on the Battle of Stones River provides an overview of one of the major events of his presidential term in office. The following Abraham Lincoln video will give you additional important facts and dates about the political events experienced by the 16th American President whose presidency spanned from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865.

 

 

 

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