On the morning of December 31, 1862 two lines of Confederate Infantry were lined up roughly along the present day Cason Lane in Murfreesboro. This was the left wing of Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee commanded by General Hardee who was headquartered in the McCulloch Mansion near present day Old Time Pottery. This mansion was a photography studio until it was razed a few years ago. The Yankee's were eating breakfast on either side of Gresham Lane where it intersects with Franklin Road. The Union lines extended for a distance of nearly three miles. The Yankees had no idea of what was coming when the rebels appeared out of the early morning mists along Franklin road. Men died with coffee pots and breakfast plates in their hands. They fought back as best they could but they payed dearly for being so unprepared and the Yankee's retreated in a panic. Most did not stop until they were organized by General George H. Thomas, the best Union General in my opinion, in a last line of defense along the Nashville Pike and railroad.