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

Fortress Rosecrans

Stones River National Battlefield

 
 
Fortress Rosecrans Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
1. Fortress Rosecrans Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1863 after the Battle of Stones River, Fortress Rosecrans protected the huge Union supply depot at Murfreesboro. The nearly three miles of earthworks enclosed about 200 acres of storehouses, blockhouses, and powder magazines. Union engineers designed the fortress to shelter an army of 50,000 troops and to store enough provisions to feed that army for up to 90 days. The works here were a powerful deterrent and never came under attack. The defenses include four interior fortifications called redoubts. Only fragments of the fortress survive on public and private land. Curtain Wall #1 may be viewed on the Lytle Creek Greenway and Redoubt Brannan on West College Street.

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The earthen walls in front of you are the remains of the largest earthen fortification built during the Civil War. The National Park Service has planted native grasses with deep root systems to prevent erosion and stabilize the works. Please help preserve Fortress Rosecrans by staying on the one-mile paved trail and boardwalks.

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Fortress Rosecrans was named for Major General William S. Rosecrans, commander of the Union Army of the Cumberland.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 51.153′ 
Fortress Rosecrans Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
2. Fortress Rosecrans Marker
N, 86° 24.717′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Old Fort Street 0.3 miles north of Overall Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1028 Old Fort Street, Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle at Stones River (here, next to this marker); A Vast Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lunette Palmer (about 400 feet away); Fields of Fire (about 400 feet away); Toil and Mud (about 500 feet away); Covered by Cross Fires (approx. 0.2 miles away); I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Citizen Soldiers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Fortress Rosecrans” (Submitted on October 9, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Sign at the entrance to the Fortress Rosecrans image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
3. Sign at the entrance to the Fortress Rosecrans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on April 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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