Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro
General Daniel P. Donelson’s Tennessee Brigade (CSA) advanced across these fields on December 31, 1862, around 11 a.m. in support of Chalmers’ Brigade. Donelson’s lines were broken by Chalmers’ retreat and by the Cowan ruins. The brigade split in two, with part advancing west into the cedar woods where Colonel William Moore of the 8th Tennessee was killed. They pushed back General Charles Cruft’s Brigade (USA) and captured over 1000 prisoners and seven cannons.
The other part of the brigade advanced toward Round Forest which was defended by Colonel William B. Hazen’s Brigade (USA). There the Confederates under the command of Colonel John H. Savage of the 16th Tennessee were halted in a field of corn stalks, where they held until relieved at 1 p.m. by additional attacks ordered by General Braxton Bragg. At day’s end, Bragg had thrown four unsuccessful attacks against the Round Forest position.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 161.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1990.
Location. 35° 52.416′ N, 86° 25.553′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Old Nashville Hwy, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Chalmers’ Brigade at Murfreesboro (here, next to this marker); They Passed This Way (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slave, Soldier, Citizen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anchoring the Union Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Remembering Sacrifices - in Stone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hazen's Brigade Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Murfreesboro/Rutherford County (approx. ¼ mile away); Waiting Anxiously for Tomorrow's Fate (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another marker of Confederate troops at Murfreesboro during the Battle of Stones River.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,504 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4, 5. submitted on October 30, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.