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Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Anchoring the Union Line

Hazen's Brigade

 

óDecember 31, 1862 - Mid-afternoon ó

 
Anchoring the Union Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Anchoring the Union Line Marker
Inscription. ...thousands of small arms kept up the roar equal to Niagara. Men were swept away by hundreds - trees shrubs and everything was torn up, cut off, or shivered ...
John Magee, corporal, Stanford's Mississippi Light Artillery

Veterans called this blood-soaked open ground ahead of you "Hell's Half-Acre." Here a brigade of 1,600 bluecoat infantry faced wave after wave of attackers attempting to overrun them. Four times Confederate brigades charged. Four times the defenders here gave no ground.

At dawn, 43,000 Union soldiers had stretched from McFadden's Ford, one mile to the north, to the Smith farm three miles to the south. By noon, half of that huge army had folded back on itself, like a pocketknife closing, with 13,000 men dead, wounded, or captured.

Four regiments that fought so fiercely here under Colonel William Hazen were the hinge of that folding knife. From 9 a.m. to dusk, Hazen's men were the only Federals to hold their ground on the first day of battle at Stones River.
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 52.572′ N, 86° 25.686′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County.
Anchoring the Union Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Anchoring the Union Line Marker
Just beyond the overpass seen in the distance are two state markers indicating the advance of Chalmers' and Donelson's Confederate brigades.
Marker is on Old Nashville Highway, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at tour stop five, the Round Forest, in Stones River National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Struggle for Round Forest (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); Remembering Sacrifices - in Stone (a few steps from this marker); Hazen's Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Hazen Brigade Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Hazen's Brigade Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave, Soldier, Citizen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donelsonís Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 30, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
3.80 inch James Rifle Type 2 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. 3.80 inch James Rifle Type 2
Identified as an early series of this type weapon, without Federal acceptance marks. It was cast by Ames Manufacturing of Massachusetts in 1861 and was inspected by George T. Balch. The cannon weighed 933 pounds and has registry number 3. Unlike a similar nearby example, this piece has seven grove rifling.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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