chapter  7
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The Battle of Stones River

The Army of Tennessee retired to winter quarters soon after its arrival at Murfreesboro in November and returned to the drill field. In the Middle Tennessee regiments furloughs were given to allow the men a brief visit home, but most private soldiers spent their time between drill, guard and camp duties, and the construction of huts to protect them from the Tennessee winter.1 William J. Rogers, with the One Hundred and Fifty-Fourth and Thirteenth Tennessee (Consolidated), noted in his diary on 5 November, 'we received . months wages in Confederate money . orders was read on dress parade to drill . hours in each day, And give five furloughs from each Company, for five days, to go in the County of Coffee, or adjoining counties'.2 Benjamin Putnam Weaver, a subaltern, found that 'we are now drilling with a vim - have company drill at 9 - Brigade drill at 11 and Battalion drill at 3'. But he was also concerned about the conditions his men were labouring under, 'some of my men are near barefooted', he complained on 8 December, 'I could see the tears trickling down some of their faces this morning caused by the pain from cold but not a murmur escaped them.'3