Battle of Stones River: Overview

BATTLE OF STONES RIVER (Dec 31 – Jan 2 1863 UNION)

This battle in a way was considered inconclusive but because of the confederate withdrawal this was a much needed morale boost for the union. This battle occurred in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and resulted in 23,515 casualties of which 13,249 were union soldiers.

When?

Dec. 31, 1862 – January 2, 1863

Where?

Murfreesboro, Tennessee (middle of Tennessee)

Who won the Battle of Stones River?

The Battle of Stones River was a near draw – edge for the Union.

This battle in a way was considered inconclusive but because of the confederate withdrawal this was a much needed morale boost for the union

What happened?

Confederates took an early lead with a dawn surprise attack but a couple of Confederate mistakes, coupled with a good Union instincts and timely Union reserves resulted in Confederates retreating from an area they had occupied for some time.

Why is this important?

The battle was very important to Union morale. The Confederate threat to Kentucky and middle Tennessee had been nullified. Nashville was secure as a major Union supply base for the rest of the war.

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