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

Fortress Rosecrans

Fortress Rosecrans Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Fortress Rosecrans Marker
Inscription.  The mounds in front of you are the remains of the largest earthen fortification built during the Civil War.

Constructed in 1863 after the Battle of Stones River, Fortress Rosecrans protected the huge Union supply depot at Murfreesboro. It included nearly three miles of earthworks enclosing about 200 acres of storehouses, blockhouses, and powder magazines.

Union engineers designed Rosecrans to shelter an army of 50,000 and to store enough provisions to feed that army for up to 90 days. The works here were a powerful deterrent. The fortress never came under attack.

Fortress Rosecrans in addition to 15,600 feet of exterior defenses - ten lunettes linked by curtain walls and other obstructions - Rosecrans included four interior fortifications, called redoubts.

Only two sections of the fortress complex survive on public lands: Curtain Wall #2 and Lunettes Palmer and Thomas here in Old Fort Park and Redoubt Brannan along the Old Nashville Pike.

Fortress Rosecrans was named in honor of Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, commander of the Union Army of the Cumberland.

The Fort Trail A 0.6-mile interpretive
Map Depicting the Fortress image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Map Depicting the Fortress
trail winds through the remains of Fortress Rosecrans. Interpretive exhibits along the way describe the purpose of the fortifications's key features and the toilsome life of the thousands of soldiers and civilians who worked here. The walk is wheelchair accessible and takes about 30 minutes.

Please help preserve Fortress Rosecrans by staying on the marked paths and boardwalk.
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, US Civil.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 35° 51.154′ N, 86° 24.717′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Golf Lane (Old Fort Street), on the right when traveling north. Located in the Fortress Rosecrans unit of the Stones River National Battlefield, adjacent to the Old Fort city park. 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 location. A different marker also named Fortress Rosecrans (here, next to this marker); Battle at Stones River (here, next to this marker); A Vast Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lunette Palmer
Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Trail Map
Since the marker was posted, the trail was extended around Lunette Thomas.
(about 400 feet away); Fields of Fire (about 400 feet away); Toil and Mud (about 500 feet away); Covered by Cross Fires (approx. 0.2 miles away); I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one also named Fortress Rosecrans (see nearby markers).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fortress Rosecrans by markers.
Also see . . .  Fortress Rosecrans. National Park Service page. (Submitted on November 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Entrance to Fortress Rosecrans image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
4. Entrance to Fortress Rosecrans
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 825 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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