ut were we to allow ourselves to speculate on this question we would be constrained to ask the American people how it was that General Grant, who up to this time had never achieved a single success except by vastly superior numbers, should have been accepted as the Moses to lead the Union forces to victory and final triumph.
On December 31 and January 1-3, 1862-1862, the Federal army, commanded by General Rosecrans, met the Confederates, commanded by General Bragg, at Stone's river, or Murfreesboro.
The fight lasted a part of two days, the Confederates withdrawing from the field, but carrying off their dead and wounded and artillery.
The last returns of Rosecrans' army before this battle were as follows: Present for duty—Centre corps, 29,682; right wing, 13,779; left wing, 13,061; unattached forces, 9,748; total, 66,270.
Rosecrans, in his official report (Official Records, Vol.
XX, p. 196), says: We moved on the enemy with the following force: 46,940.
We fought the enemy with