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    [Civil War] and [Battle of Murfreesboro]. Period Fair Copy of the Account of the Battle by Confederate General John P. McCown. An official copy prepared in a secretarial hand. Twelve pages, 8" x 12.5", Shelbyville [Tennessee], January 11, 1863. Noted as an "Official 'Copy'" by H. S. Bradford on page twelve. The verso of page twelve shows period toning and is docketed: "...Smith's Corp, Shelbyville T[ennessee]./Jany 11, 1863/Major Genl. J. P. McCown/Report of Battle of Murfreesboro."

    Ending the Stones River Campaign, the Battle of Murfreesboro was one of the major battles of the war. Though not a strategic victory for the Union, their defense against two Confederate assaults and the South's subsequent withdrawal served to bolster Federal confidence after their defeat one month earlier at Fredericksburg.

    Giving his report nine days after the engagement, McCown begins by giving the breakdown of his division, an "...effective force being about (4000)...& seventeen Readyville, Tenn. 12 Miles East of Murfreesboro." His first encounter with the Federals comes on December 30, 1862, whereby "...the enemy extended his lines to our left placing in position several guns...another battery opened upon my front killing & wounding about Thirty of my command...At the dawn of the day [Dec. 31]...I summoned my reserve Brigade...and moved upon the enemy in my front...My men advanced steadily, reserving their fire untill [sic] they were but a short distance from the enemy's position. a volley was delivered and their position and batteries taken with the bayonet, leaving the ground covered with [the] dead and wounded...Their defeat becoming almost a rout, the enemy was pressed near a mile."

    He continues his narrative detailing the actions of his command and those around him and concludes by praising the Southern troops: "I cannot speak in too high terms of the Regimental & Company officers all bore themselves gallantly & nobly. To the uncommisioned [sic] officers & soldiers of my Divisions I owe a debt of gratitude....every man seemed inspired. To my staff on the field I am under many obligations for the efficient manner in which they performed their respective duties..." Light toning in places with some chipping at the edges. Pages are bound along the top edge with cloth. Some spots of foxing and ink blots.

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