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

A Vast Depot

 
 
A Vast Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. A Vast Depot Marker
Inscription.  "Nearly every house in the place is filled with government stores. There is a pile of meat larger than our house, besides flour, hay, corn, coffee, rice, sugar, salt, tea, vinegar, etc. etc.... If one family of ten persons had these rations to eat they would last them 2,465 years."
A.S. Bloomfield, Co. A, 1st Ohio Lt. Artillery

Fortress Rosecrans was one of many Union defenses along the vital Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad. It protected one of the largest supply depots in the war's Western Theater. A vast complex of weapons, ammunition, and food storehouses sprawled across the open ground within the fort - mostly beyond Lytle Creek to your left. The fort also included four sawmills and a fifty-acre vegetable garden used by the large hospital here.

The depot helped supply Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans's army during its advance toward Tullahoma and Chattanooga in the summer of 1863.

(Caption of main illustration):
This view shows a depot in Virginia that probably looked much like the one here at Fortress Rosecrans. For a time, warehouses at Fortress Rosecrans held enough supplies to feed 50,000 men
Sketch of the Camp image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Sketch of the Camp
for ninety days.

(Caption for lower illustration):
This is the only known view of the interior of Fortress Rosecrans. It shows the camp of the 115th Ohio Infantry, drawn by a member of the regiment in November 1863. The works are clearly visible in the background.
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 51.208′ N, 86° 24.726′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from Golf Lane (Old Fort Street), on the right when traveling north. Located along the trail in the Fortress Rosecrans unit of the 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. Lunette Palmer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fortress Rosecrans (about 300 feet away); Battle at Stones River (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fortress Rosecrans (about 300 feet away); Fields of Fire (about 300 feet away); Toil and Mud (about 700 feet away); Covered by Cross Fires (approx. 0.2 miles away); I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Topics. This marker
A Vast Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. A Vast Depot Marker
is included in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Traverse Wall of Lunette Palmer Near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
4. Traverse Wall of Lunette Palmer Near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 736 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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