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

Boys, you must get out of here! You are surrounded!

December 13, 1862 - Mid-morning

 
 
Boys, you must get out of here! You are surrounded! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 29, 2012
1. Boys, you must get out of here! You are surrounded! Marker
Inscription. -James Negley, brigadier general, commanding 2nd Division, Center Wing

The jumbled rocks you see here sheltered the four Union regiments of Miller's brigade during a hard two-hour-long fight. Rebel bullets whined and ricocheted, wounding many. Men in blue from Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania grimly held on tight inside this limestone labyrinth.

Then General Sheridan's troops, who had been fighting on your right, ran out of bullets, broke ranks, and ran. General Negley called for a retreat as waves of gray-clad soldiers threatened to overwhelm his men on three sides. This stone stronghold turned into an ankle-twisting deathtrap.

Many of the men who fought here had seen the huge slaughter pens of Chicago's meatpackers. When they saw so many dead and wounded men stacked here, the soldiers called this place "the Slaughter Pen."
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 52.105′ N, 86° 25.926′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Park Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located along the Slaughter Pen walking trail south of the park road. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Boys, you must get out of here! You are surrounded! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 29, 2012
2. Boys, you must get out of here! You are surrounded! Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abandoned Artillery (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Sheridan's Stand (here, next to this marker); Michigan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sheridan Saves the Day (about 300 feet away); December 31, 1862 (about 300 feet away); Cotton Field – "No Man's Land" (approx. half a mile away); Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away); Chalmers’ Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Slaughter Pen image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 29, 2012
3. The Slaughter Pen
Metal silhouettes stand in the rocky outcropping of the Slaughter Pen.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on April 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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