: Lithograph titled "The Battle of Stone River or Murfreesboro," January 2-4, 1863, drawn by Alfred Edward Mathews. In August 1861, Mathews (1831-1874) enlisted in Captain Cotter's battery of the 1st Ohio Artillery. He later served with the 31st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a regiment that fought in the western theater of the Civil War. During his three years in the army he used his artistic ability to make topographic maps and drawings, and also drew sketches that were made into lithographs and sold. Harper's Weekly magazine published two of his lithographs, and General Ulysses S. Grant saw and admired Mathews' work. His many lithographs depict scenes including the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Corinth, the Battle of Perryville, the Siege of Vicksburg and battles at Stone River and Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. After mustering out of the 31st O.V.I., he exhibited panoramic scenes of the War.
The Battle of Stones River (also called the Second Battle of Murfreesboro) took place between December 31, 1862, and January 2, 1863. It was considered a Union victory, but had a very high percentage of casualties on both sides. Noted on the lithograph are numbers representing troops of the 19th Ohio, 9th Kentucky, 79th Indiana, and 11th Kentucky, as well as General Sam Beatty and staff. View on Ohio Memory.
: AV117_F2_001 Subjects
: Ohio--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Pictorial works; Battlefields; Military Ohio; Places
: Murfreesboro (Tennessee);