James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902. January 2 The Battle of Murfreesboro
By Kinahan Cornwallis (18831959)
A small town in Tennessee. A battle was gained here by the Federals under Rosecrans over the Confederates under Bragg. The battle lasted four days and was attended with great loss on the Confederate side.
E RE Murfreesboros thunders rent the air
With cannon booming mid the trumpets blare
Cane Hill and David Mills, stern battles, too,
Had carried death to hosts in Gray and Blue.
But here, more deadly, wars wild torrent rushed, 5
And victory, at first, the Rebels flushed.
The right wing gone, and troops in panic, lo!
The battle seemed already lost. But, No.
Brave Rosecrans cried outNow stop retreat!
Well turn to victory this sore defeat! 10
We must and shall this battleSoldiers!win!
Now silence yonder battry, to begin!
And all re-form and meet the yelling foe!
Stand firm and fire a volley! Back hell go.
If not, present your bayonets, and Charge! 15
Tis needless on these orders to enlarge;
ButComrades!here we conquer or we die!
And all that Rosecrans desired was done;
And Murfreesboros battle thus was won.
Hail! to that New Years Day in Sixty-three, 20
And to that morrow which brought victory.
Hail! to the courage of the Boys in Blue, Who fought so grandly, to their Country true.