Stones River - January 2, 1863
American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Stones River
On January 1st, Crittenden moved a division commanded by Samuel Beatty across Stones River at McFadden’s Ford. Two brigades occupied the high ground east of the ford. On the afternoon of January 2nd, Breckenridge attacked Beatty with 5,000 men in four brigades, including the Orphan Brigade of Kentuckians, commanded by Robert W. Hanson. Hanson was mortally wounded by a shell fragment in the fighting. Breckenridge’s Confederates pushed the Yankees back to the river but were stopped by timely reinforcements and intense Union artillery fire massed on the west bank of the river. The Confederates were forced to withdraw, suffering 36% casualties.
Learn More: The Battle of Stones River