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The Civil War: Battle of Stones River

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Saturday, December 29, 2012

This program includes portions from a symposium marking the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River, which was fought near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from December 31st, 1862 through January 2nd, 1863. First, Lincoln Memorial University history professor Earl Hess talks about Confederate commanding general Braxton Bragg’s role in the battle. Then, author and historian Richard McMurry discusses Jefferson Davis and the Confederate strategy carried out in the Stones River campaign. Later, a civilian perspective on the battle and its outcome, from Stones River National Battlefield park ranger Jim Lewis and Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area historian Antoinette van Zelm.

Updated: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 1:39am (ET)

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