“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Battle at Stones River

December 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863

Battle at Stones River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Battle at Stones River Marker
Inscription. Stones River National Battlefield preserves some key portions of the ground where two great armies of Americans - some 81,000 men - clashed with each other. Their bitter, three-day struggle erupted on New Year's Eve 1862.

To explore their stories, start at the Visitor Center. Maps are available there to help you find battlefield points of interest.

You are here at the Headquarters of General Rosecrans
West Point graduate William S. Rosecrans was 43 years old when he received command of the Army of the Cumberland in October 1862. In late December he ordered his 43,000 men to march southeast from Nashville, following the railroad tracks toward Murfreesboro enroute to the key rail hub at Chattanooga. General Rosecrans set up his headquarters here with troops on both sides of the Nashville Pike. Much of the early planning for the battle took place here.
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° 53.375′ N, 86° 26.601′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Old Nashville Highway, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at the Rosecrans Headquarters site within
Park Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Park Map
the Stones River 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. Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Brigade Earthworks (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Patriotic Pulpit (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Battle at Stones River (approx. 0.8 miles away); Why Fight Here? (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stand Fast! (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chicago Board of Trade Battery (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
More about this marker. The basic marker seen here is used for orientation at the battlefield. It is repeated at several locations, with different text in the map call out.
Also see . . .  Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Rosecrans Headquarters Tour Stop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Rosecrans Headquarters Tour Stop
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 17 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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