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

Stones River

 
 
Stones River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Stones River Marker
The background of the marker is a map depicting the actions of the battle.
Inscription. A tributary of the Stones River is named after Uriah Stone, an early explorer and long hunter. For centuries, the Stones River has played an important role in the lives of area inhabitants, first as an important fishing and hunting ground for Native Americans, and later as the safest mode of transportation for early pioneers. In the late 1830s, better roads, and later the railroad, led to a decline in the use of the river for transportation, but it remained an important source of power for grist and saw mills.

The great armies clashed at Stones River on December 31, 1862, fighting for control of Middle Tennessee's railroads and rich farms. The engagement was the first major battle in the Union campaign to split the Confederacy, driving along the line of the railroad from Nashville through Chattanooga to Atlanta. The campaign ended with Sherman's march to the sea and capture of Savannah in December 1864. But in order for the Union's campaign to begin successfully, the Stones River barrier had to be crossed and secured.

After preliminary skirmishes, including action at Harker's Crossing, the Battle of Stones River began at dawn on December 31, 1862.
 
Erected by Stones River Greenway - Murfreesboro Greenway System.
 
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Stones River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Stones River Marker
52.11′ N, 86° 25.051′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on West College Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located along the Stones River Greenway Trail System park, just south from the Bragg Trailhead. 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 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle at Stones River (about 600 feet away); Bragg's Headquarters (about 800 feet away); Army of the Cumberland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Murfreesboro (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chalmers’ Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. 0.6 miles away); Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle at Stones River (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 581 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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