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Rosecrans and Bragg Duel in the West

The first major clashes of 1863 took place in the war's western theater (military area), in central Tennessee. In the last months of 1862, the two sides had engaged in a number of battles for control of Kentucky and Tennessee. But while an indecisive battle at Perryville, Kentucky, in October 1862 had convinced Confederate general Braxton Bragg (1817–1876) to withdraw from that state, he still hoped to take control of middle Tennessee.

The struggle for possession of central Tennessee pitted Bragg's thirtyeight thousand–man Confederate Army of Tennessee against the Union's Army of the Cumberland, a fortyseven thousand–man force led by Major General William S. Rosecrans (1819–1898). The two sides met at Stones River, near the town of Murfreesboro, where Bragg had established a strong defensive position.

Men repair a railroad track after the Battle of Stones River. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress.) Men repair a railroad track after the Battle of Stones River. (Courtesy of...

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