General Daniel P. Donelson’s Tennessee Brigade (CSA) advanced across these fields on December 31, 1862, around 11 a.m. in support of Chalmers’ Brigade. Donelson’s lines were broken by Chalmers’ retreat and by the Cowan ruins. The brigade split in two, with part advancing west into the cedar woods, where Colonel William Moore of the 8th Tennessee was killed. They pushed back General Charles Cruft’s Brigade (USA) and captured over 1000 prisoners and seven cannons.
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The other part of the brigade advanced toward Round Forest which was defended by Colonel William B. Hazen’s Brigade (USA). There the Savage of the 16th Tennessee were halted in a field of corn stalks, where they held until relieved at 1 p.m. by additional attacks ordered by General Braxton Bragg. At day’s end, Bragg had thrown four unsuccessful attacks against the Round Forest Position.
SOURCE: Interpretive Marker, erected by the Tennessee Historical Commission, Stones River National Battlefield, at the intersection of North Thompson Lane and Old Nashville Highway (the historic Nashville Pike), Murfreesboro, Tennessee