He claims to have taken 6,273 prisoners, many of them by the raids of his cavalry on the trains and fugitives between our army and Nashville
; and lie estimates our losses at 24,000 killed and wounded, with over 30 guns to his 3.
lie claims to have captured, in addition, 6,000 small arms and much other valuable spoil, beside burning 800 wagons, &c., &c. It seems odd that, after such a fight, he should have retired so hastily as to leave 1,500 of his sick and wounded (Union accounts says 2,600), with 200 medical and other attendants, in his deserted hospitals at Murfreesboroa.
It is a fair presumption that our losses, both in men (prisoners included) and material, were greater than those of the Rebels
; and that Rosecrans
's army was disabled by those losses for any effective pursuit; but this does not and can not demolish the fact that the battle of Stone river
, so gallantly, obstinately, desperately fought, was lost by Bragg
and the Rebels
, and won by the army of the Cumberland and its heroic commander.
On the day3
of the great struggle at Stone river
, Gen. Forrest
, who, with 3,500 cavalry, had been detached 4
to operate on our communications in West Tennessee
, and who had for two weeks or more been raiding through that section, threatening Jackson
, capturing Trenton
, Humboldt, Union City, &c., burning bridges, tearing up rails, and paroling captured Federals (over 1,000, according to his reports--700 of them at Trenton
alone), was struck on his return at Parker's Cross-roads
, between Huntingdon
, and thoroughly routed.
He first encountered Col. C. L. Dunham
, with a small brigade of 1,600; who had, the day before, been pushed forward from Huntingdon
by Gen. J. C. Sullivan
, and who was getting the worst of the fight — having been nearly surrounded, his train captured, and he summoned to surrender — when Sullivan
came up at double-quick, with the two fresh brigades of Gen. Haynie
and Col. Fuller
, and rushed upon the astonished Rebels, who fled in utter rout, not attempting to make a stand, nor hardly to fire a shot.
himself narrowly escaped capture; losing 4 guns, over 400 prisoners, including his Adjutant, Strange, two Colonels
, many horses, arms, &c., &c. He fled eastward to Clifton
, where he recrossed the Tennessee
, and thence made his way back to Bragg
He lost in the fight about 50 killed and 150 wounded--the latter being included among the prisoners.
reports his loss at 220: 23 killed, 139 wounded, and 58 missing.
, who had been likewise dispatched by Bragg
to operate on Rosecrans