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

Fields of Fire

 
 
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By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
1. Fields of Fire Marker
Inscription. At the end of 1863, more than fifty cannon stood ready to defend Fortress Rosecrans. Five, including one 8-inch siege howitzer, were assigned to Lunette Palmer.

The lunettes of Fortress Rosecrans were primarily artillery platforms. The ground in front of the fort was cleared of trees, and every battery commander carefully sighted each of his guns on a variety of likely targets.

From Lunette Palmer, the gunners picked potential targets nearly a mile away, well beyond Stones River and modern Route 96. No Confederate troops ever came within range of Fortress Rosecrans's cannon.

This diagram, drawn by a Union engineer, shows some of the targets selected by the batteries in Fortress Rosecrans. Note that one battery near Lunette Thomas chose as a target the county courthouse in Murfreesboro, 1,770 yards away. The Federals threatened to shell the town if the Confederates attacked the fort.

A battery at drill. Though this photograph was taken at Stevenson, Alabama, the artillerymen here at Lunette Palmer performed identical tasks with similar equipment.
 
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 51.183′ N, 86° 24.789′ 
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By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
2. Map Showing Targets
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. Lunette Palmer (a few steps from this marker); A Vast Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle at Stones River (about 400 feet away); Fortress Rosecrans (about 400 feet away); Toil and Mud (approx. 0.2 miles away); Covered by Cross Fires (approx. ¼ mile away); I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before (approx. ¼ mile away); New Citizen Soldiers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Fortress Rosecrans. National Park Service page. (Submitted on November 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Fields of Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
3. Fields of Fire Marker
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By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
4. Field of Fire Today
Today the view from the fort overlooks a golf course.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 690 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on April 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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