#35 Gasping for Air Stones River January 3, 1863

Stones River, Tenn. Jan. 3, 1863


General Rosecrans had the Northern soldiers stationed on the east bank of Stones River when the Confederate Army charged at them this afternoon. The Confederate commander, General Braxton Bragg, had been watching the Federal troops for several days and thought the time to push back the enemy had arrived. Unfortunately, Bragg had seriously miscalculated the Northern Army's strength and his men were defeated. The combat was fast and savage as the men fought for their lives. The battle spilled over the land and into the waters of Stones River. At a crucial point during the battle, several regiments arrived from Illinois. The unexpected help was more than enough to push back the Confederates.