Stones River was a pivotal battle less than three weeks after the Federal disaster at Fredericksburg and only a few days after Sherman’s failure at Chickasaw Bayou. A third defeat would be catastrophic to the Union cause.
Arguably the lowest point for the Army of the Potomac, the Battle of Fredericksburg was lost before it began, due to poor decisions made by the top brass.
The 14th Connecticut is pressed into further duty and witnesses the mortal wounding of a great general.
The new recruits of the Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry marched into history on America’s bloodiest day.