Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Slave, Soldier, Citizen
William Holland spent most of his first 30 years in Maury County, Tennessee. He was born in Kentucky. The only records we have about him just document his Civil War military service. No one knows exactly when Holland bought the piece of farmland that includes the grave sites you see.
William Holland started his life in a country where the law said he was only a piece of farm property. When he died some 70 years later, he was - by law - an American citizen and a property owner.
Holland served his country in the 111th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops. All U.S.C.T. soldiers wore the standard Union blue uniforms. No photograph of Sergeant Holland is known to exist.
When the war ended, Sergeant Holland returned to farming - for the next 43 years of his life. Like many other U.S.C.T. veterans, he settled here in a new African American community called Cemetery. Union veteran Albert Kern photographed the Rutherford County farm
William Holland's life
- Born on a Todd County, Kentucky farm, exact year unknown
- A slave working on a farm in Maury County, Tennessee until about age 30
- These War Department documents show that William Holland entered the United States Army in 1864.
- Captured during fighting at Athens, Alabama in September 1864, Holland was a prisoner of war for four months.
- Records show Sergeant Holland was honorably discharged in 1866.
- Holland worked here in the National Cemetery
- Applied for and received a veteran's pension in 1897
- Landowner here in Rutherford County, Tennessee until his death in his mid-70s.
Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° 52.586′ N, 86° 25.635′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Old Nashville Highway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at tour stop five, the Round Forest, in Stones River National Battlefield Park. 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. Hazen's Brigade Monument (a few steps Hazen Brigade Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Remembering Sacrifices - in Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Anchoring the Union Line (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Struggle for Round Forest (about 300 feet away but has been reported missing); Hazen's Artillery (about 300 feet away); Parsons' Batteries Heavily Engaged (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Also see . . . The Untold Story of Sgt. William Holland. Article providing additional details of Holland's life and the history of the Stones River cemetery. (Submitted on October 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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