Near Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Cotton Field – “No Man's Land”
Rail fences like this one kept free ranging livestock out of farm fields. These fences were quickly consumed by both armies for firewood and breastworks. Courageous Confederate infantry made several charges across this field from noon on the 31st until dusk. Union cannon posted to your right, and on the rise across the Nashville Pike made this crossing almost suicidal.
From that afternoon, through the evening of January 3, 1863, this cotton field was a no man's land occupied by the dead and wounded of both sides. Sharpshooters and skirmishers exchanged shots during this period making it dangerous to expose oneself. Federal artillery frequently shelled the woods seeking to harass the Confederates who occupied the crude breastworks behind you. On January 5, 1868, the grim work of burying the dead began.
Location. 35° 52.528′ N, 86° 25.958′ W. Marker is near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from Park Road 0.8 miles north of North Thompson Lane, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is on the trail to Tour Stop 3, "The Cotton Field." It is around 600 feet westbound off the Park Road from a parking lot of four spaces. The view from the marker looks north across a field bounded
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Far, But No Farther (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (about 600 feet away); The Fight for the Cedars (about 800 feet away); The Federals' Final Rally Turns the Tide (about 800 feet away); Hazen's Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away); Struggle for Round Forest (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing); Anchoring the Union Line (approx. ¼ mile away); Remembering Sacrifices - in Stone (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Also see . . . Stones River National Battlefield. (Submitted on February 10, 2014.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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