Stones River, a Virtual Tour
Stones River National Battlefield
Confederate Advance

(3-95) Old Tour Stop 5 (Confederate Advance, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., Dec 31, 1862). Union troops of Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden's command held this part of the line against Confederate attacks during the early morning. At 10 a.m. Confederate forces from Tennessee under Gen. Daniel S. Donelson advanced and forced them back into the woods here. Crittenden's men became intermingled with retreating forces from the units of Sheridan and Thomas, making an orderly withdrawal impossible. The Union troops rallied along the Nashville Pike while Confederates advanced through the cedars. Site Marker: Confederate High Tide on December 31, 1862. The Confederate assault hit General Thomas L. Crittenden's Union troops as the men were preparing breakfast. A series of desperate charges carried the Confederates to the cedars

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