Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The great armies clashed at Stones River on December 31, 1862, fighting for control of Middle Tennessee's railroads and rich farms. The engagement was the first major battle in the Union campaign to split the Confederacy, driving along the line of the railroad from Nashville through Chattanooga to Atlanta. The campaign ended with Sherman's march to the sea and capture of Savannah in December 1864. But in order for the Union's campaign to begin successfully, the Stones River barrier had to be crossed and secured.
After preliminary skirmishes, including action at Harker's Crossing, the Battle of Stones River began at dawn on December 31, 1862.
Erected by Stones River Greenway - Murfreesboro Greenway System.
Location. 35° Touch for map. Located along the Stones River Greenway Trail System park, just south from the Bragg Trailhead. 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 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle at Stones River (about 600 feet away); Bragg's Headquarters (about 800 feet away); Army of the Cumberland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Murfreesboro (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chalmers’ Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. 0.6 miles away); Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle at Stones River (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 619 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.