Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
God has granted us a Happy New Year!
Braxton Bragg, general commanding the Army of the Tennessee, in a telegram to Confederate President Jefferson Davis
On New Year's Eve the fighting had raged from dawn to dusk. Here on the edges of this broad, open field the two exhausted armies stopped shooting. The Confederates formed a line in the trees you see in the distance. The Union army stretched for two miles along the Nashville Pike.
On New Year's Day 1863, 21,000 men did not answer their unit roll calls. The numbers of dead and wounded stunned battle-hardened veterans in both armies. Friend and foe spent that day mingled in the torn fields and shattered cedar woods, helping the wounded, looking for comrades lost in the swirl of battle, and burying the dead. Both sides dug hasty defenses for whenever the truce ended. The Confederates had pushed the Federals back over three miles, taking 3,000 prisoners. General Bragg started his new year sure that he had won a great - if costly - victory.
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° 52.828′ N, 86° 26.077′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County Click for map. Located behind the Visitor Center of Stones River National Battlefield. 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. The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea (a few steps from this marker); Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve (a few steps from this marker); Passing Through Murfreesboro (a few steps from this marker); Why Fight Here? (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle at Stones River (within shouting distance of this marker); Stand Fast! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chicago Board of Trade Battery (about 300 feet away); This "Precious Dust" (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Also see . . . Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 5 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.