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

Waiting Anxiously for Tomorrow's Fate

— Stones River National Battlefield —

 
 
Waiting Anxiously for Tomorrow's Fate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, January 16, 2021
1. Waiting Anxiously for Tomorrow's Fate Marker
Inscription.  The two armies, over 80,000 men, were now within killing distance of each other. As night settled in, a chilling wind rose. Through the cedar thickets and across muddy fields, the unsettling sounds of moving infantry and artillery could be heard. Some men tried to sleep; others reflected on tomorrow's battle and thought of home.

Through the darkness, the bands of both armies began to play. One band started playing, "Home Sweet Home," and other bands joined in. When the song finished, an uneasy silence lay thick on the night. For many in blue and gray, it would be the last song they would ever hear.
 
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 December 30, 1862.
 
Location. 35° 52.56′ N, 86° 25.827′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from McFadden Lane, 0.1 miles south of Old Nashville Highway, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on a short
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trail between Park Road and McFadden Lane, next to Parson's Battery. Located between the parking lot for Auto Tour Stops 1 and 3 on the Stones River National 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. Exploring the Promise of Freedom (a few steps from this marker); Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (within shouting distance of this marker); Anchoring the Union Line (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remembering Sacrifices - in Stone (about 700 feet away); The Federals' Final Rally Turns the Tide (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hazen's Brigade Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slave, Soldier, Citizen (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Far, But No Farther (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.) 
 
Waiting Anxiously for Tomorrow's Fate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, January 16, 2021
2. Waiting Anxiously for Tomorrow's Fate Marker
The "Exploring the Promise of Freedom" Marker can be seen in the foreground. The "Waiting Anxiously for Tomorrow's Fate" Marker is in the background, next to McFadden's Lane.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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