December 31, 1862-January 2nd, 1863 23,000 total casualties Union casualties: 13,000 casualties Confederate Casualties: 10,000 casualties
The battle of Stones River had 23,000 total casualties. The battle started on December 31, 1862, and ended on January 2, 1863. There were about thirteen thousand Union casualties. The Confederates had less casualties, but still had 10,000 casualties. This battle was one of the worst too.
The battle of Stones River was led by two leaders or generals. The Union general was William S. Rosecrans. The general of the Confederate army was Braxton Bragg. During the battle, they would find that they would have a huge loss of soldiers. There were more than 81,000 soldiers fighting in this war.
Soldiers fought the battle of Stones River because the Union already had a major loss before the battle of Stones River. Since the Union lost the battle, they retreated for cover. The Confederates were sure that they could win the battle of Stones River. As the Confederates got closer to the Union's position, the Union soldiers attacked.
During the battle of Stones Rivers, both generals wanted to attack from the right side. Since this happened, they both ran into eachother. Bragg started to shoot first. This drove the Union back three miles. The soldiers fought into the night after this. On January 2, the Union won the battle.
The battle of Stones River was fought near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The battle was also near Stones River. The land that was fought on was about 4,000 acres of land. Now, the national battlefield preservers have about 450 acres of the land.
A the end of the battle, the Union won. The Union had about 3,000 more casualties than the Confederates. This battle was one of the worst battles of the Civil War because of how many deaths there were. The Union had a major loss of soldiers during this war. This would greatly affect their performance in future battles.