The Battle of Stones River

“The Battle of Stones River.” Essential Civil War Curriculum (September 2015). www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com.

The Battle of Stones River (Kurz & Allison print, held by Library of Congress).
The Battle of Stones River (Kurz & Allison print, held by Library of Congress).

My latest piece¹ for the Essential Civil War Curriculum, hosted by Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech, is about the Battle of Stones River. Fought on December 31, 1862 and January 2, 1862 between General William S. Rosecrans’s Union army and General Braxton Bragg’s Confederate forces, the battle took place at one the lowest-points of the northern war effort. Rosecrans’s narrow victory helped cheer the people of the United States in the wake of recent battlefield disasters at Fredericksburg, VA, and near Vicksburg, MS. It was the most important battle of Rosecrans’s career and his defeat of Bragg helped to make him a hero across the North.

You can read my full article as well as suggestions for further reading and websites² to visit related to the battle by clicking here.


¹ My first ECWC article was about the place of the American Civil War in the growing field of digital humanities. See this page for more information.
² I especially recommend the Civil War Trust‘s helpful battlefield maps of the first and second day of the Battle of Stones River.