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

Battle at Stones River

December 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863

 
 
Battle at Stones River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Battle at Stones River Marker
Inscription. Stones River National Battlefield preserves some key portions of the ground where two great armies of Americans - some 81,000 men - clashed with each other. Their bitter, three-day struggle erupted on New Year's Eve 1862.

To explore their stories, start at the visitor center. Maps are available there to help you find battlefield points of interest.

You are here at the second Headquarters of General Bragg
West Point graduate Braxton Bragg was 45 years old when he received command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee in April 1862. After six months of campaigning in eastern Tennessee and Kentucky, Bragg ordered his men to set up winter quarters here in Middle Tennessee.

When the Federals unexpectedly marched out of Nashville, Bragg's 38,000 Confederates - then spread out over a 50-mile-wide front - had to be brought into battle lines outside Murfreesboro. It was here that Bragg ordered General Breckinridge's doomed attack on January 2, 1863.
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 52.115′ N, 86° 25.181′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on West College Street, on
General Braxton Bragg CSA 1863 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 25, 2015
2. General Braxton Bragg CSA 1863
Picture hanging in the Stones River National Battlefield Museum
the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at the General Bragg Trailhead of the Greenway Trail Park System. 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. Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Bragg's Headquarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stones River (about 600 feet away); Murfreesboro (approx. 0.4 miles away); Army of the Cumberland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chalmers’ Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away); Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away); Slave, Soldier, Citizen (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
More about this marker. The basic marker seen here is used for orientation at the battlefield. It is repeated at several locations, with different text in the map call out.
 
Also see . . .  Stones River National Battlefield. (Submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battlefield Park Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Battlefield Park Map
Battle at Stones River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
4. Battle at Stones River Marker
 
 
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 570 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on November 17, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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