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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 31, 1862

Battle of Stone’s River Began

The Battle of Stone’s River (or Battle of Murfreesboro) began in Tennessee; there were numerous Georgians involved. This battle pitted the same two generals who would oppose each other in the first major battle fought on Georgia soil - Braxton Bragg (Confederate) and William Rosecrans (Union). The Union army attacked first, but was repulsed and pushed back, before reinforcements arrived to slow the Confederate advance. Both armies remained in the field that night.