One of my most favorite places in the South is Nashville. It is a place full of new and old and as many times as I have been over the past 15 years there is always something new to explore. One of the places I have explored quiet fully was the Stones River Battlefield. "After Gen. Braxton Bragg’s defeat at Perryville, Kentucky, October 8, 1862, he
and his Confederate Army of the Mississippi retreated, reorganized, and were
redesignated as the Army of Tennessee. They then advanced to Murfreesboro,
Tennessee(just outside of Nashville), and prepared to go into winter quarters. Maj. Gen. William S.
Rosecrans’s Union Army of the Cumberland followed Bragg from Kentucky to
Nashville. Rosecrans left Nashville on December 26, with about 44,000 men, to
defeat Bragg’s army of more than 37,000. He found Bragg’s army on December 29
and went into camp that night, within hearing distance of the Rebels. At dawn on
the 31st, Bragg’s men attacked the Union right flank. The Confederates had
driven the Union line back to the Nashville Pike by 10:00 am but there it held.
Union reinforcements arrived from Rosecrans’s left in the late forenoon to
bolster the stand, and before fighting stopped that day the Federals had
established a new, strong line. On New Years Day, both armies marked time. Bragg
surmised that Rosecrans would now withdraw, but the next morning he was still in
position. In late afternoon, Bragg hurled a division at a Union division that,
on January 1, had crossed Stones River and had taken up a strong position on the
bluff east of the river. The Confederates drove most of the Federals back across
McFadden’s Ford, but with the assistance of artillery, the Federals repulsed the
attack, compelling the Rebels to retire to their original position. Bragg left
the field on the January 4-5, retreating to Shelbyville and Tullahoma,
Tennessee. Rosecrans did not pursue, but as the Confederates retired, he claimed
the victory. Stones River boosted Union morale. The Confederates had been
thrown back in the east, west, and in the Trans-Mississippi." (
http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tn010.htm). I included a link in case you wanted to discover more.
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.