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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 02, 1863

Battle of Stone’s River Concluded

The Battle of Stone’s River concluded. The Confederates attacked a Union division which had advanced, and drove it back to its original position, before being halted by Union artillery fire - forcing the Confederates to also retire to their original position. While neither army gained a decisive victory, Braxton Bragg did pull his Confederate troops out two days later, upon which William Rosecrans claimed a victory - much needed for Union morale after the disastrous loss at Fredericksburg. For the relatively small number of troops involved, casualties in the Battle of Stone’s River were staggering - the Union lost over 13,000 men, while the Confederates lost over 10,000.