Original Kurz & Allison Antique Chromolithograph Entitled “Battle of Stone’s River” (1891) – Murfreesboro Tennessee Civil War Battle Involving Generals Rosecrans & Bragg
Rare Original Chromolithograph by the famed 19th Century printing house of Kurz & Allison | Entitled “Battle of Stone’s River – Near Murfreesborough [sic] Tenn.” | This rare historical print depicts the Civil War Battle of Stone’s River, a major battle that took place in Murfreesboro Tennessee from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863. The Print is preserved under archival glass.
Rare Original Chromolithograph by the famed 19th Century printing house of Kurz & Allison | Entitled “Battle of Stone’s River – Near Murfreesborough [sic] Tenn.” | This rare historical print depicts the Civil War Battle of Stone’s River, a major battle that took place in Murfreesboro Tennessee from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863. The Print is preserved under archival glass. This print measures approx. 16″ W x `12″ H (Image Only) | The print is in excellent condition, and shows very nicely with only slight toning. This chromolithograph is an original published by Kurz & Allison in 1891 and NOT a reproduction. This amazing piece of art history is the most common scene used by historians to depict the battle (See the Image of the Battle of Fort Sanders page in Wikipedia).
Battle of Stone’s River
The Battle of Stones River or Second Battle of Murfreesboro, was fought from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863, in Middle Tennessee, as the culmination of the Stones River Campaign in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Of the major battles of the Civil War, Stones River had the highest percentage of casualties on both sides. Although the battle itself was inconclusive, the Union Army’s repulse of two Confederate attacks and the subsequent Confederate withdrawal were a much-needed boost to Union morale after the defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg, and it dashed Confederate aspirations for control of Middle Tennessee.
Union Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans’s Army of the Cumberland marched from Nashville, Tennessee, on December 26, 1862, to challenge General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee at Murfreesboro. On December 31, each army commander planned to attack his opponent’s right flank, but Bragg struck first. A massive assault by the corps of Maj. Gen. William J. Hardee, followed by that of Leonidas Polk, overran the wing commanded by Maj. Gen. Alexander M. McCook. A stout defense by the division of Brig. Gen. Philip Sheridan in the right center of the line prevented a total collapse and the Union assumed a tight defensive position backing up to the Nashville Turnpike. Repeated Confederate attacks were repulsed from this concentrated line, most notably in the cedar “Round Forest” salient against the brigade of Col. William B. Hazen. Bragg attempted to continue the assault with the corps of Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge, but the troops were slow in arriving and their multiple piecemeal attacks failed.
Fighting resumed on January 2, 1863, when Bragg ordered Breckinridge to assault the well-fortified Union position on a hill to the east of the Stones River. Faced with overwhelming artillery, the Confederates were repulsed with heavy losses. Falsely believing that Rosecrans was receiving reinforcements, Bragg chose to withdraw his army on January 3 to Tullahoma, Tennessee. This caused Bragg to lose the confidence of the Army of Tennessee.
Kurz & Allison
Kurz and Allison were a major publisher of chromolithographs in the late 19th century. Based at 267-269 Wabash Avenue in Chicago, they built their reputation on large prints published in the mid-1880s depicting battles of the American Civil War. The prints were based on drawings and designs by Louis Kurz who himself was a veteran of the Civil War. In all, the firm published a total of thirty-six (36) civil war battle scene prints.
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