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

Artillery Protects the Supply Line

 
 
Artillery Protects the Supply Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Artillery Protects the Supply Line Marker
Inscription. From this ideal position, Loomis' Battery (1st Michigan Light Artilery - six 2.9" Parrott rifles and Guenther's Battery Co. H, 5th U.S. Artillery - six 12 pdr. Napoleons) smashed Confederate attempts to capture the Nashville Pike, the only supply line open to the Union Army, on the afternoon of December 31, 1862. Repeated charges of case shot and canister from these guns saved the day for the Union Army. About 6 p.m. on the 3rd of January 1863, the supporting fire from these two batteries helped two infantry regiments from Beatty's Brigade and two infantry regiments from Spears' Brigade drive the Confederates from the field, thus securing the battlefield of Stones River for the Union Army.
 
Location. 35° 52.874′ N, 86° 25.945′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from Old Nashville Highway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Stones River National Cemetery on the 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. Stones River National Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Regulars Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Stones River National Cemetery
Marker and Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Marker and Cannon
The gun is a 12-pdr Napoleon, produced by Revere Copper, Co. in 1864. It is registry number 390, weighing 1240 pounds.
(within shouting distance of this marker); This "Precious Dust" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Patriotic Pulpit (about 500 feet away); The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea (about 700 feet away); Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve (about 700 feet away); Passing Through Murfreesboro (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Stones River National Battlefield. National Park Service website. (Submitted on November 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Scene of the Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Scene of the Battlefield
"Scene of the Battlefield, December 31, 1862, as viewed from this location and sketched by A.E. Mathews, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry".
Artillery Protects the Supply Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By M.Brian Stroud, January 10, 2013
4. Artillery Protects the Supply Line Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on January 10, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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