C.S. General Breckinridge attacks the Federal position at Stones River late in the day. Although initially successful, he is eventually repulsed & withdraws. With 23,000 casualties,
Murfreesboro/Stones River is the second bloodiest battle fought west of the Appalachians during the Civil War. Rosecrans’ victory goes a long way toward restoring Union morale: Lincoln later writes: “I can never forget … you gave us a hard-earned victory, which had there been a defeat instead, the nation could scarcely have lived over.” [http://www.nps.gov/stri/]
Fort Donelson: skirmish near Bloods.
Skirmish at LaGrange. Nashville is in the grip of a smallpox epidemic, which will carry off a large number of soldiers, contraband workers, and city residents. It will be late March before it runs its course.