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Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve

 
 
Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2015
1. Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve Marker
Inscription. There was some talk [at Rosecrans’ headquarters] of falling back, I do not remember who started the subject, but…I said …my men would be very much discouraged to have to abandon the field after their good fight of the day… Rosecrans, receiving men moving up and down with torches said…’They have got entirely in our rear and are forming a line of battle by torchlight!’…[he] told us to go to our commands and prepare to fight or die.
Thomas Crittenden, major general, coming the Left Wing

Soon after dark a small fire was built, and several of [our] men…had gathered to it… General Rosecrans came up and said ‘You are my men and I don’t like to have any of you hurt. Where the enemy see a fire like this, they know 25-30 men are gathered… and are sure to shoot at it. I advise you to put it out.’ Scarcely was he done speaking, when… shot came just hight enough to miss the heads of the party, and a shell exploded just beyond.
Silas Canfield, captain, 21st Ohio Infantry Regiment

The groans of the poor wounded was heart-rending. I could not repress a few falling tears. I got off my horse and built fires for several-foe and friend. Many, many… that chilled to death… that night might have been saved could they but have had attendance.
John Magee, corporal, Stanford’s Mississippi Light Artillery

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Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2015
2. Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve Marker
30,000 Union soldiers spent New Year's Eve 1862 concentrated along Nashville Pike, the same highway you see just ahead.
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 52.835′ N, 86° 26.07′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Park Road and Old Nashville Highway, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the along the sidewalk behind the Visitor Center of Stones River National Battlefield. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3501 Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea (here, next to this marker); Passing Through Murfreesboro (here, next to this marker); God has granted us a Happy New Year! (a few steps from this marker); Why Fight Here? (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle at Stones River (within shouting distance of this marker); Stand Fast! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chicago Board of Trade Battery (about 300 feet away); This "Precious Dust" (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .
Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve writing home image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2015
3. Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve writing home
 Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on November 18, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2015
4. Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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