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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 McFadden Farm
The final chapter of the battle of Stones River raged here along the frozen banks of Stones River on January 2, 1863. Attacking Confederate troops approached McFadden's Ford, a river crossing just below this hill, only to be smashed by the concentrated cannon fire of 57 Federal guns placed on this knoll.
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 53.317′ N, 86° 25.543′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Van Cleve Lane, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at stop six, McFadden's Ford, in 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. Breckinridge's Attack (within shouting
Battlefield Park Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Battlefield Park Map
distance of this marker); Artillery Saves the Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Stones River Artillery Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); McFadden Farm (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); McFadden's Ford (about 600 feet away); Battle of Murfreesboro (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Patriotic Pulpit (approx. 0.6 miles away); U.S. Regulars Memorial (approx. 0.6 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 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
McFadden's Ford Tour Stop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. McFadden's Ford Tour Stop
Artillery at McFadden Ford image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
4. Artillery at McFadden Ford
Two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles and a 12-pdr Howitzer represent the massed batteries, overlooking the ford site from the parking lot.
3.80 inch James Rifle Type 1 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
5. 3.80 inch James Rifle Type 1
A single rifled gun stands to the south of the parking lot, roughly where the Chicago Board of Trade Battery stood during the January 2 fighting. The gun is a James Rifle using the profile of the Model 1841 6-pdr Field Gun, identified by historians as a "Type 1." The gun was produced for the State of Connecticut in 1861 by Ames Manufacturing of Massachusetts.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 743 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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