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December 31, 1815 George Gordon Meade born, Cadiz, Spain
  George Meade
December 31, 1860 Charleston is notified by telegraph that a man of war with troops is on the way South Carolina
  Fort Sumter
  Star of the West
December 31, 1862 Battle of Parker's Cross Roads

Near Lexington General Nathan Bedford Forrest [CS] tries to break through a federal line after successful raids on Grant's supply lines and communications. As he begins to drive the Union troops back he is attacked from behind, loosing 300 men.
Tennessee
  Nathan Bedford Forrest
December 31, 1862 Battle of Stone's River [US]
Battle of Murfreesboro [CS]

Braxton Bragg forces William Rosecrans to retreat, but Rosecrans returns to defeat Bragg on January 2, 1863.

Union 13,249

Confederate 10,266
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  William S. Rosecrans
  George Thomas
  John Breckinridge
  Army of the Cumberland
  Philip Sheridan
  Stone's River
December 31, 1862 Lincoln signs the act approving admission to the United States for West Virginia West Virginia

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