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

I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before

 
 
I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before Marker
Inscription. Looking over this parapet, you can still see some 1,400 feet of earthwork walls stretching out before you. In 1863 Fortress Rosecrans had more than 14,000 feet of walls surrounding a compound that covered 200 acres.

Lunette Thomas
This earthwork defense, the curtain walls, and Lunette Palmer in the distance are all that is left of this side of Fortress Rosecrans.

We have taken our position here and we intend to hold it. There is not a man among us who fears for the moment that we may be driven out no matter what force the Rebels may bring against.
Lyman Widney, sergeant-major
14th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

....the fortifications... are a big thing. I never saw anything like them before. They are said to be the strongest in the world except for one place in Russia.
Hiram M. Gibbs, captain
21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

All the forces....have been drawn in near the fortifications which are very numerous and of such strength that I think 50,000 can hold the place against 100,000.
Alpheus S. Bloomfield, private
1st Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery

It would Supprise you if you was here to See the amount of work that has been done by this army i seen heavy fortification at fort donelson and bowling green but they are Small works... these works [are] ready for
Left Section of the Illustration image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Left Section of the Illustration
Showing the section of fortress including Lunettes Thomas and Palmer.
[a] fite any time. i dont think the rebels will ever fite us here...

James H. Jones, private
57th Indiana Volunteer Infantry
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 51.05′ N, 86° 24.563′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from Golf Lane (Old Fort Street), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along the trail in the Fortress Rosecrans unit of 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. New Citizen Soldiers (here, next to this marker); Covered by Cross Fires (within shouting distance of this marker); Living Under the Guns (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lunette Thomas (about 400 feet away); Toil and Mud (about 600 feet away); Fortress Rosecrans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle at Stones River (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Vast Depot (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Fortress Rosecrans. National Park Service page. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Center Section of Illustration image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Center Section of Illustration
Showing the central redoubts and the railroad entering the fortress.
 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Right Side of Illustration image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
4. Right Side of Illustration
Showing Redoubt Brannan and the other lunettes (which have disappeared since the war).
Markers at the Thomas Lunette Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
5. Markers at the Thomas Lunette Overlook
Overlooking Lunette Thomas image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
6. Overlooking Lunette Thomas
Exterior of Lunette Thomas image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
7. Exterior of Lunette Thomas
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 641 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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