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Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Digging In!

The Pioneer Brigade

 

— Stones River National Battlefield —

 
Digging In! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, January 16, 2021
1. Digging In! Marker
Inscription.  
The din of battle faded on December 31 with the setting sun, replaced with the clatter of axes, picks, and shovels. Both armies spent the next two days piling up dirt, rocks, and trees for protection. The Union army's Pioneer Brigade used their skills and tools to build the berms and trenches you see in front of you. Their work has survived decades of weathering.

Hastily built lines of earthworks and trenches froze the bulk of both armies in position. On January 2 the focus of fighting shifted to the banks of Stones River. The fortifying of this battlefield marked a significant change in tactics. As the war ground on, generals and soldiers chose the spade over the rifle. Trench warfare dominated the war's later campaigns.

(caption): Soldiers assigned to the Pioneer Brigade wore patches with crossed axes sewn on their left sleeves.
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 2, 1863.
 
Location. 35° 52.851′ 

Remains of the Pioneer Brigade Earthworks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, January 16, 2021
2. Remains of the Pioneer Brigade Earthworks
The remnants of the Pioneer Brigade earthworks are barely noticeable, as they rise only a couple of feet off the ground.
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N, 86° 26.221′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of Old Nashville Highway, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located along a park trail behind the Visitor Center and near Auto Tour Stop 4 on the Stones River Battlefield Driving Tour Route. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3501 Old Nashville Hwy, Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stand Fast! (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Why Fight Here? (about 700 feet away); Battle at Stones River (about 700 feet away); God has granted us a Happy New Year! (about 700 feet away); The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea (about 700 feet away); Passing Through Murfreesboro (about 700 feet away); Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve (about 700 feet away); This "Precious Dust" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on March 15, 2021.) 
 
Silhouettes of soldiers behind the Pioneer Brigade earthworks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, January 16, 2021
3. Silhouettes of soldiers behind the Pioneer Brigade earthworks
the "Digging In!" Marker can be seen in the foreground.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 29, 2022