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

Artillery Saves the Day

January 2, 1863

 
 
Artillery Saves the Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Artillery Saves the Day Marker
Inscription.  Confederate infantry started to wade the river. Could they be stopped? Captain John Mendenhall massed 57 guns here. Shot, shell and canister rained on the attackers, costing them almost 16 casualties a minute. The Confederates could not stand the fierce pounding. Union infantry pursued them across the river. The guns were still then, but they had won the day for the Union.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 35° 53.315′ N, 86° 25.568′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Van Cleve Lane, on the right when traveling north. Located at stop six, McFadden's Ford, in Stones River National Battlefield. 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. Battle at Stones River (within shouting distance of this marker); Breckinridge's Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Stones River Artillery Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); McFadden Farm (about 600 feet away, measured
Artillery Saves the Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Artillery Saves the Day Marker
in a direct line); McFadden's Ford (about 700 feet away); Battle of Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away); A Patriotic Pulpit (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stones River National Battlefield (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Stones River. Resource page with official reports and accounts of the battle. (Submitted on November 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Artillery at Stop Six image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Artillery at Stop Six
Two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles and a 12-pdr Field Howitzer represent the massed batteries on this sector of the battlefield. The Ordnance Rifles are registry numbers 49 and 769, both produced at Phoenix Iron Works in Pennsylvania. The former was produced in 1861 while the higher number was produced in 1864.
12-pdr Field Howitzer Model 1838 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
4. 12-pdr Field Howitzer Model 1838
Cyrus Alger & Company of Massachusetts produced this howitzer in 1839. Assigned registry number 6, it weighed 681 pounds. The model number was the smallest of the regulation US 12-pdr howitzers used in the war.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 608 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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