Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Why Fight Here?
The answer is found in two places you cannot see from this location: the Cumberland River wharfs of Nashville, 28 miles to the northwest, and the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad tracks hidden behind the national cemetery. For any army - Union or Confederate - to move and fight successfully here in the states west of the Appalachians, railroads and riverboats were the keys to ultimate victory.
Pressure from the Top
...President [Lincoln] is very impatient at your long stay in Nashville. The favorable season for your campaign will soon be over. Twice have I been asked to designate someone else to command your army. If you remain one week more at Nashville, I cannot prevent your removal. As I wrote you when you took command, the Government demands action, and if you cannot respond to that demand then someone else will be tried.
General Halleck writing to General Rosecrans.
Major General William S. Rosecrans
For the Union Army of the Cumberland, Nashville was a secure base where steamboats and trains could haul in the thousands of tons of supplies and food that it takes
General Braxton Bragg
By Christmas 1862, the Confederate Army of the Tennessee was at rest. Their winter quarters spread out more than 65 miles over the rich farmlands of central Tennessee. Then, unexpectedly, scouts announced that their enemy was on the move. The best place for Bragg to pull together his 38,000 men was Murfreesboro, the hub of a spider web of country roads. Two traffic arteries - the Nashville Pike and the railroad - ran side-by-side here. The Federals would have to come this way.
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° 52.859′ N, 86° 26.081′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Nashville Highway and Park Road, on the right when traveling south on Old Nashville Highway. Touch for map. Located at the Visitor Center of Stones River National Battlefield. 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 at Stones River (a few steps from this marker); The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve (within shouting distance of this marker); Passing Through Murfreesboro (within shouting distance of this marker); God has granted us a Happy New Year! (within shouting distance of this marker); Stand Fast! (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chicago Board of Trade Battery (about 400 feet away); This "Precious Dust" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Also see . . . Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 602 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.