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

Living Under the Guns

 
 
Living Under the Guns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Living Under the Guns Marker
Inscription. The citizens of occupied Murfreesboro had constant reminders of the powerful federal army entrenched here on their doorsteps. From January 1863 to April 1866, "the streets were crowded at all times with wagons and soldiers....Soldiers camping thick in and round town," townsman John Spence recorded. And all could hear the rumble of regular cannon practice.

Federal cannon here could hit the Rutherford County Courthouse you can see in the distance. If the Confederates had tried to raid the fort, Union troops were under orders to shell and burn Murfreesboro.

...[there are] Refugees wimmen and Children going north on prettinear Every trane they are the poorest folks i Ever Saw they have no money and allmost no Clothing i guess the government is Halling them off to keep them from Starvation ... the folks in the north knows nothing about war.
James H. Jones, private
57th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company E

General Orders No. 20
The guns of the Command can be discharged between the hours of 12 and 1 o'clock each day. The men will be encouraged to fire at targets but in all cases it must be under the direction of Company Officers with all necessary precautions against accidents...
By Command of Brigadier General Van Cleve
Headquarters, Post of Murfreesboro, Tennessee
December 2, 1864
 
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Marker and Reproduction Gun in Lunette Thomas image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Marker and Reproduction Gun in Lunette Thomas
Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 51.021′ N, 86° 24.513′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Golf Lane (Old Fort Street) and Overall 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. Lunette Thomas (within shouting distance of this marker); New Citizen Soldiers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before (about 300 feet away); Covered by Cross Fires (about 500 feet away); Toil and Mud (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fortress Rosecrans (approx. mile away); Battle at Stones River (approx. mile away); A Vast Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Fortress Rosecrans. National Park Service page. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Reproduction Parrott Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Reproduction Parrott Rifle
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 578 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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