Near Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
In Battle, Good Men Die
—William S. Rosecrans, major general commanding the Army of the Cumberland, speaking about his friend Colonel Garesché.
As fierce fighting raged nearby along the Nashville Pike, General Rosecrans and his staff moved here to the high ground just below the railroad to get a better view. Riding at the commander's side was his West Point classmate and chief of staff, Lieutenant Colonel Julius P. Garasché, an able soldier much respected by the other officers of the Army of the Cumberland. Private Reuben Jones, 19th U.S. Infantry, wrote to his sister about what happened next:
"Rosecrans came dashing up, cold sweat oozing from his forehead. Just at that moment a cannonball took off Garesché's...head and the blood splashed into Rosecrans [sic] face. He glanced at his favorite aid's mangled body a moment, then pointed to a dark line of cedar woods... but a minute more and the 'butternuts' came, six deep double-quick on us..."
Rosecrans could take no time to mourn his close friend in this hour of crisis for his army. He kept riding up and down his lines, encouraging his men to hold.
Rosecrans was deeply moved by this loss. Some time after the battle, the general cut off the brass buttons of his coat and saved them in an envelope on which he wrote, "Buttons I wore the day Garesché was killed."
This battlefield sketch by artist Henry Lovie shows eyewitness details of the death of Garesché.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 52.752′ N, 86° 25.797′ W. Marker is near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Old Nashville Highway 0.3 miles south of Park Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located south of the Stones River National Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Murfreesboro (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Federals' Final Rally Turns the Tide (approx. 0.2 miles away); Artillery Protects the Supply Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stones River National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stones River National Battlefield (approx. This "Precious Dust" (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Regulars Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Also see . . .
1. The Strange Death of Julius Garesche. (Submitted on May 4, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
2. Headless Horseman haunts Stones River Battlefield. (Submitted on May 4, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 4, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.