Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle at Stones River
December 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863
To explore their stories, start at the visitor center. Maps are available there to help you find battlefield points of interest.
You are here at the second Headquarters of General Bragg
West Point graduate Braxton Bragg was 45 years old when he received command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee in April 1862. After six months of campaigning in eastern Tennessee and Kentucky, Bragg ordered his men to set up winter quarters here in Middle Tennessee.
When the Federals unexpectedly marched out of Nashville, Bragg's 38,000 Confederates - then spread out over a 50-mile-wide front - had to be brought into battle lines outside Murfreesboro. It was here that Bragg ordered General Breckinridge's doomed attack on January 2, 1863.
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1541.
Location. 35° 52.115′ N, 86° 25.181′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on West College Street, on the right when traveling north. Located at the General Bragg Trailhead of the Greenway Trail Park System. 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. Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Bragg's Headquarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stones River (about 600 feet away); Murfreesboro/Rutherford County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Army of the Cumberland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chalmers’ Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away); Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle at Stones River (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
More about this marker. The basic marker seen here is used for orientation at the battlefield. It is repeated at several locations, with different text in the map call out.
Also see . . . Stones River National Battlefield. (Submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on November 17, 2015, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. 3. submitted on March 14, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.