Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Boys, you must get out of here! You are surrounded!
December 13, 1862 - Mid-morning
The jumbled rocks you see here sheltered the four Union regiments of Miller's brigade during a hard two-hour-long fight. Rebel bullets whined and ricocheted, wounding many. Men in blue from Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania grimly held on tight inside this limestone labyrinth.
Then General Sheridan's troops, who had been fighting on your right, ran out of bullets, broke ranks, and ran. General Negley called for a retreat as waves of gray-clad soldiers threatened to overwhelm his men on three sides. This stone stronghold turned into an ankle-twisting deathtrap.
Many of the men who fought here had seen the huge slaughter pens of Chicago's meatpackers. When they saw so many dead and wounded men stacked here, the soldiers called this place "the Slaughter Pen."
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° 52.105′ N, 86° 25.926′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Park Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located along the Slaughter Pen walking trail south of the park road. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Abandoned Artillery (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Sheridan's Stand (here, next to this marker); Michigan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sheridan Saves the Day (about 300 feet away); December 31, 1862 (about 300 feet away); Cotton Field – "No Man's Land" (approx. half a mile away); Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away); Chalmers’ Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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