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

Breckinridge's Attack

Late Afternoon, January 2, 1863

 

4:00 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.

 
Breckinridge's Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Breckinridge's Attack Marker
Inscription.  1. Union soldiers were positioned on the east side of Stones River, threatening the Confederate right wing.

2. General John C. Breckinridge's powerful attack forced Colonel John Beatty's Union division back across the river at McFadden's Ford. Confederates assembled artillery on the east bank and their infantry began wading the river.

3. Captain John Mendenhall quickly concentrated cannon here.

4. Their bombardment halted the Confederate thrust, and sent the Southerners reeling in retreat.

5. Union soldiers regained the opposite bank. More than 1,800 Confederates fell in the brief engagement that ended the Battle of Stones River. This, then, was the climax of the three-day conflict.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 35° 53.302′ N, 86° 25.545′ 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
Breckinridge's Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Breckinridge's Attack Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle at Stones River (within shouting distance of this marker); Stones River Artillery Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Saves the Day (within shouting distance of this marker); McFadden Farm (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); McFadden's Ford (about 600 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 National Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Repulse of Breckinridge's Assault image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Repulse of Breckinridge's Assault
In the afternoon of January 2, 1863, Confederates under Breckinridge attacked Federal positions on this rocky ridge. Federal artillery massed in this area repulsed the attack, forcing Breckinridge back across Stones River, effectively ending the battle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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