Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
This “Precious Dust”
By April 1866 what Chaplain William Earnshaw called "the precious dust" of over 6,000 Union soldiers had been brought here for reburial. Included were not only soldiers killed at Stones River but others who had died elsewhere in Middle Tennessee. Of these, 2,562 are unknown. The Confederate dead, not eligible for burial in national cemeteries, were taken to their home towns or to public cemeteries in nearby Murfreesboro.
[These were] men who had given their lives for the country eager to strike the death blow to the rebellion, shouting and cheering as they passed to the front, where they fell in the van of the grand old Army of the Union, and now sleep beneath the green sod of our beautiful cemetery, on the immortal field of Stone's River.
Chaplain William Earnshaw
Chaplain William Earnshaw, first superintendent of Stones River National Cemetery, supervised the reburials of Union soldiers here in 1865-66. Stones
(Background photo caption): Burial parties are shown at work in this 1866 photograph of the Stones River National Cemetery. The rounded mounds mark the graves of recently interred Union soldiers.
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° 52.841′ N, 86° 25.993′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on 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 Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Protects the Supply Line (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Regulars Memorial (about 300 feet away); Stones River National Battlefield (about 400 feet away); The Charge Kept Coming, Coming Like the Sea Their Longest, Coldest New Year’s Eve (about 400 feet away); Passing Through Murfreesboro (about 400 feet away); God has granted us a Happy New Year! (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,261 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.