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[534] destined to produce important results, although, so far as the ground upon which it was fought is concerned, neither of the two parties had cause to consider it a victory. If the Federals had been decidedly beaten, Nashville would have been besieged and the war carried back into Kentucky. Rosecrans, on the contrary, by entering Murfreesborough on the 5th of January, notwithstanding his losses and first reverse, already menaced the town of Chattanooga from a distance, the objective point of the whole campaign; but in order to gather the fruits of his stubborn resistance on the battle-field of the 31st of December, he had to wait for reinforcements and a more favorable season.

We shall give an account of this new campaign in a later chapter, for it is time to resume the narrative of the operations of the army of the Potomac during the latter part of the year 1862.

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