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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 Nashville Pike
The paved road you see crossing Stones River, now known as the Old Nashville Highway, was the most direct wagon route joining Murfreesboro to Nashville during the Civil War. The low earthen mound you see directly across the river is the remains of Redoubt Brannan. Federal troops built this earthwork in 1863 - after the battle of Stones River - to guard both the Nashville Pike and the railroad that entered Fortress Rosecrans here.

Attention to Orders
No one should be allowed to walk on the parapets, nor move or sit upon the gabions, barrels, or sandbags that may be placed upon them.
by Order of
Major General William S. Rosecrans, commanding Army of the Cumberland, United States Army.
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 51.659′ 
Battlefield Park Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Battlefield Park Map
N, 86° 24.656′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on West College Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at the Redoubt Brannan trailhead for the Stones River Greenway trail. 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. Bum Proof Stockade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waging War by Rail (approx. 0.2 miles away); They Passed This Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); Redoubt Brannan (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle at Stones River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army of the Cumberland (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Vast Depot (approx. half a mile away); Lunette Palmer (approx. 0.6 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. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Fortress Brannan Trailhead image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Fortress Brannan Trailhead
Note the bridge over the river in the background.
Redoubt Brannan image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
4. Redoubt Brannan
Looking at the redoubt from the bridge over Stones River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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