Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
W.J. Worsham of the 19th Tennessee Infantry took part in the Battle of Stones River. An event that occurred before the battle at McFadden's Ford, impressive in its sentimental implications was related by Dr. Worsham in later years.
Our line ran principally through the cedars and rocks, and this cold winter evening when all nature presented a dreary outlook, this thick landscape seemed to cast a double mantle of dreariness over everything. Here, an incident occurred in which both armies took part, and which is not often recorded in the history of battles. After the bands had finished their usual evening serenade, a Federal band struck up slowly and softly "Home, Sweet Home." Immediately a Confederate band caught up the song, then one after another until all the bands of both armies were playing the strain.
Out in the darkness of this cold December night,
Poured o'er the glancing pebbles
All silent now, the Federals stood,
All silent stood the Rebels.
No heart or soul had heard unmoved
That plaintive note's appealing,
So sweetly, 'Home, Sweet Home' but stirred
The hidden fount of feeling."
Horn, Tennessee's War, 1861-1865
(Tennessee Civil War Centennial Commission)
Erected by Stones River Greenway - Murfreesboro Greenway System.
Location. 35° 53.299′ N, 86° 25.427′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on North Thompson Lane (State Highway 268), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located along the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McFadden Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Breckinridge's Attack (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle at Stones River (about 600 feet away); Stones River Artillery Monument (about 600 feet away); Artillery Saves the Day (about 700 feet away); Battle of Murfreesboro (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stones River National Battlefield (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Patriotic Pulpit (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
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