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By Craig Swain, August 28, 2010
Map of the Battlefield and Other Historic Points
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Battle at Stones RiverDecember 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863
Stones River National Battlefield preserves some key portions of the ground where two great armies of Americans - some 81,000 men - clashed with each other. Their bitter, three-day struggle erupted on New Year's Eve 1862. You are here at the Stones . . . — Map (db m37408) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Why Fight Here?
Here in the quiet fields and forests along Stones River outside Murfreesboro, two great armies fought - and spilled the blood of tens of thousands of Americans in one of the most costly battles of the Civil War. Why here? The answer is found in two . . . — Map (db m37420) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — The Federals' Final Rally Turns the Tide — December 31, 1862 - Afternoon —
Many of my Regiment got within 60 yards of the enemy guns, but were compelled to give back for want of support. It seemed the Commanders expected our Brigade and the Texas Brigade that fought beside us to rout the entire Federal army... at the . . . — Map (db m82573) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Parson's Battery4th U.S. Artillery Co. "H" & "M"
The most powerful federal battery on this field armed with four 3" Ordnance rifles and four 12 pdr. howitzers. This battery of battle hardened regulars poured charge after charge of canister at less than 600 yards into the oncoming grey ranks - . . . — Map (db m83569) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — December 31, 186210 A.M. - Noon
Despite stiffening Union resistance, the Confederate tide swept on. The Federals made stand after stand, only to give ground again. Take this short trail to a Union position among the woods and rock outcroppings. — Map (db m37435) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — 279 — Michigan
(Front):The State of Michigan has erected this marker to her brave and courageous sons who fought at Stones River to preserve the union (Back): This marker is dedicated to all the Michigan soldiers engaged in this great battle, to the . . . — Map (db m37458) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Sheridan's Stand10 A.M. - Noon
Here, General Phil Sheridan's Union division made a stand against the onrushing Confederates. His men, together with those of General George Thomas' divisions, hurled back repeated attacks before being forced to withdraw. The delaying action gave . . . — Map (db m37460) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Abandoned Artillery
These two Wiard rifled cannon represent two of the four guns lost by Lt. Alexander Marshall of Battery G 1st Ohio Light Artillery (originally two 12 pdr. howitzers, two 12 pdr Wiard rifles, and two six pdr. Wiard rifles.) These guns valiantly but . . . — Map (db m83544) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — The Fight for the CedarsDecember 31, 1862
1. The Union line was smashed by the Confederate onrush. Reserve troops rushed here to stem the tide. 2. Those Union soldiers, confused by the cedar thickets, fog and smoke, also fled. 3. Union infantry and artillery along the Nashville Pike . . . — Map (db m37464) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Chicago Board of Trade BatteryDecember 31, 1862
Panic-stricken Union troops bolted out of the woods, closely pressed by cheering Texans. Canister from the battery's six guns, placed on this rise, forced back the attackers. Reinforced by a second battery, the Union artillerymen repulsed a second . . . — Map (db m37424) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Pioneer Brigade Earthworks
The trenches before you were built by the Pioneer Brigade of the Union Army of the Cumberland. After the fighting on the first day of the Battle of Stones River, December 31, 1862, both armies piled dirt, logs, and stone to protect themselves from . . . — Map (db m37425) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — God has granted us a Happy New Year!
God has granted us a Happy New Year! Braxton Bragg, general commanding the Army of the Tennessee, in a telegram to Confederate President Jefferson Davis On New Year's Eve the fighting had raged from dawn to dusk. Here on the edges of this . . . — Map (db m37421) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Hazen's Artillery
This section of guns represents Battery F, 1st Ohio Volunteer Artillery commanded by Lt. Norrel Osburn (four James Rifles & two 12 pdr. howitzers). Along with Capt. Jerome B. Cox's 10th Indiana Battery (four 10 pdr. Parrotts and two 12 pdr. . . . — Map (db m82462) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Anchoring the Union LineHazen's Brigade — December 31, 1862 - Mid-afternoon —
...thousands of small arms kept up the roar equal to Niagara. Men were swept away by hundreds - trees shrubs and everything was torn up, cut off, or shivered ... John Magee, corporal, Stanford's Mississippi Light Artillery Veterans called . . . — Map (db m37374) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Remembering Sacrifices - in Stone
"...around the spot where the monument was erected...to the best recollection 113 of our regiment were killed and wounded...it is hoped that the monument will remain standing as a memorial to the gallant and patriotic men of General Hazen's . . . — Map (db m37394) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Hazen Brigade MonumentOne of the Oldest Civil War Memorials
The Union army occupied the town, January 5, 1863, three days after the battle here. They spent the winter and spring in and around Murfreesboro. Some of Hazen's men under Lieutenant E. K. Crebbin, 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment, built it of . . . — Map (db m82461) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Hazen's Brigade Monument
(Front):Hazen's Brigade to the memory of its soldiers who fell at Stone River December 31, 1862 "Their faces toward heaven, Their feet to the foe." Inscribed at the close of the war Chickamauga Chattanooga (Right Side):The blood of one . . . — Map (db m37403) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Slave, Soldier, Citizen
A tombstone can only tell so much about the life of a man. From the shape and standard design of the markers you see ahead, you can tell that two veterans of the United States military lie here in graves just outside of the wall of the Hazen Brigade . . . — Map (db m82570) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Battle at Stones RiverDecember 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863
Stones River National Battlefield preserves some key portions of the ground where two great armies of Americans - some 81,000 men - clashed with each other. Their bitter, three-day struggle erupted on New Year's Eve 1862. To explore their stories, . . . — Map (db m37485) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — HeadquartersArmy of the Cumberland
Headquarters Army of the Cumberland Maj. Gen. W.S. Rosecrans Jan 1, 2, and 3 1863 — Map (db m37486) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — A Patriotic Pulpit
The Rostrum is beautifully located in a grove of native trees ... and will be very greatly appreciated by the people who attend the Decoration [Memorial Day] ceremonies. James Gall, Quartermaster Department Inspector, after inspecting the new . . . — Map (db m37509) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — U.S. Regulars Memorial
(Front):In Memory of the officers and enlisted men of the 15th, 16th, 18th, & 19th U.S. Infantry and Battery H, 5th U.S. Artillery, who were killed or died of wounds, received at the Battle of Stone River, Tennessee, December 31st 1862 to . . . — Map (db m37527) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Artillery Protects the Supply Line
From this ideal position, Loomis' Battery (1st Michigan Light Artilery - six 2.9" Parrott rifles and Guenther's Battery Co. H, 5th U.S. Artillery - six 12 pdr. Napoleons) smashed Confederate attempts to capture the Nashville Pike, the only supply . . . — Map (db m37584) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Stones River National CemeteryEstablished June 23, 1865
Union dead from this battlefield and Middle Tennessee are buried here. Of the more than 6,100 Union burials, 2,562 are known but to God. Men and women who gave their lives in other wars or who have served in the Armed Forces are also buried here. . . . — Map (db m37600) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — This "Precious Dust"
When the Battle of Stones River ended on January 2, 1863, over 3,000 Union and Confederate soldiers lay dead. Most were buried in hastily prepared graves on the battlefield. In October 1865 soldiers from the 111th United States Colored Infantry . . . — Map (db m37601) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — 3A 161 — Donelson’s Brigade at Murfreesboro
General Daniel P. Donelson’s Tennessee Brigade (CSA) advanced across these fields on December 31, 1862, around 11 a.m. in support of Chalmers’ Brigade. Donelson’s lines were broken by Chalmers’ retreat and by the Cowan ruins. The brigade split in . . . — Map (db m21168) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — 3A 160 — Chalmers’ Brigade at Murfreesboro
General James R. Chalmers Mississippi Brigade (CSA) advanced across these fields at 10 a.m. on December 31, 1862, to attack the Union center at the Round Forest. Their advance was part of General Braxton Bragg’s plan to crush the Union right flank . . . — Map (db m21167) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Battle at Stones RiverDecember 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863
Stones River National Battlefield preserves some key portions of the ground where two great armies of Americans - some 81,000 men - clashed with each other. Their bitter, three-day struggle erupted on New Year's Eve 1862. To explore their stories, . . . — Map (db m37606) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — HeadquartersArmy of Tennessee
Headquarters Army of Tennessee General Braxton Bragg Jan 1, 2. and 3 1863 — Map (db m37609) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Bragg's HeadquartersFateful Decisions at Stones River — Battle of Stones River —
(Preface): Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans led the Army of the Cumberland from Nashville toward Murfreesboro in December 1862, while Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg and the Army of the Tennessee occupied the town to protect the approaches to . . . — Map (db m82454) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Stones River
A tributary of the Stones River is named after Uriah Stone, an early explorer and long hunter. For centuries, the Stones River has played an important role in the lives of area inhabitants, first as an important fishing and hunting ground for Native . . . — Map (db m37632) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Artillery Saves the DayJanuary 2, 1863
Confederate infantry started to wade the river. Could they be stopped? Captain John Mendenhall massed 57 guns here. Shot, shell and canister rained on the attackers, costing them almost 16 casualties a minute. The Confederates could not stand the . . . — Map (db m37695) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Battle at Stones RiverDecember 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863
Stones River National Battlefield preserves some key portions of the ground where two great armies of Americans - some 81,000 men - clashed with each other. Their bitter, three-day struggle erupted on New Year's Eve 1862. To explore their . . . — Map (db m37751) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Breckinridge's AttackLate Afternoon, January 2, 1863 — 4:00 P.M. - 4:45 P.M. —
1. Union soldiers were positioned on the east side of Stones River, threatening the Confederate right wing. 2. General John C. Breckinridge's powerful attack forced Colonel John Beatty's Union division back across the river at McFadden's Ford. . . . — Map (db m37750) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — McFadden Farm
Union artillerymen on the ridge ahead of you repulsed Confederate troops, leaving 1800 dead and wounded here on January 2, 1863. — Map (db m82463) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — McFadden's Ford
As Union soldiers crouched here behind the breastworks of stone and rail, a battered advance division retreated back across the river, pursued by General John C. Breckinridge's hard-driving Confederate brigades. Union artillery batteries firing from . . . — Map (db m37706) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — 3A 45 — Battle of MurfreesboroJan. 2, 1863
1/2 mile north is the hillock commanding a ford over Stone's River. Here Capt. John Mendenhall, 4th US Artillery, artillery officer on Gen. Crittenden's Staff, set a groupment of 58 guns which broke up the assault across the river of Maj. Gen. John . . . — Map (db m82335) HM

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