Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Federals’ Final Rally Turns the Tide
—December 31, 1862 - Afternoon —
James Williamson, lieutenant colonel, 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles
Imagine the narrow belt of land between the Nashville Pike you see ahead and the railroad tracks just behind it jammed with 30,000 soldiers, dozens of cannon, and endless wagons. The Confederates who charged out of the center into this field would have seen what seemed to them an endless wall of blue coats, rallied and reinforced along the road ahead. For the Federals, the long hours of chaos and retreat at last came to an end here at the edge of this cotton field. This western army of the United States ended the year 1862 badly battered, but still full of fight.
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° 52.656′ N, 86° 25.946′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County Click for map. Located along the Cotton Field Trail, just before stop one, the Eve of Battle, on the driving tour of 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. Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cotton Field – "No Man's Land" (about 800 feet away); This Far, But No Farther (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fight for the Cedars (approx. 0.2 miles away); This "Precious Dust" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stones River National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); God has granted us a Happy New Year! (approx. ¼ mile away); The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Also see . . . Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service web site. (Submitted on October 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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