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Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Battle at Stones River
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 m37762) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Fortress Rosecrans
The mounds in front of you are the remains of the largest earthen fortification built during the Civil War. Constructed in 1863 after the Battle of Stones River, Fortress Rosecrans protected the huge Union supply depot at Murfreesboro. It included . . . — Map (db m37786) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Fields of Fire
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 . . . — Map (db m82456) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Lunette Palmer
Civil War fortifications were precisely designed. Every angle, every mound of earth, and every slope you see here in Lunette Palmer had a specific purpose. Lunette Palmer is a multi-sided, angled earthwork that projects outward from the basic . . . — Map (db m37804) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — A Vast Depot
"Nearly every house in the place is filled with government stores. There is a pile of meat larger than our house, besides flour, hay, corn, coffee, rice, sugar, salt, tea, vinegar, etc. etc.... If one family of ten persons had these rations to . . . — Map (db m37837) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Toil and Mud
For nearly five months, thousands of soldiers and African-American laborers worked around the clock to build Fortress Rosecrans - digging, shaping, and compacting the works. It was backbreaking, highly unpopular duty. "Feb. 1, 1863. [Building . . . — Map (db m37847) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — I Never Saw Anything Like Them Before
Looking over this parapet, you can still see some 1,400 feet of earthwork walls stretching out before you. In 1863 Fortress Rosecrans had more than 14,000 feet of walls surrounding a compound that covered 200 acres. Lunette Thomas This earthwork . . . — Map (db m37864) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — New Citizen Soldiers
In the months after this fort was built, thousands of men from Middle Tennessee joined eight new federal infantry regiments. Black men in blue coats guarded the railroad that fed Fortress Rosecrans, and helped garrison Nashville and Chattanooga. By . . . — Map (db m37867) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Living Under the Guns
The citizens of occupied Murfreesboro had constant reminders of the powerful federal army entrenched here on their doorsteps. From January 1863 to April 1866, "the streets were crowded at all times with wagons and soldiers....Soldiers camping thick . . . — Map (db m37889) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Lunette Thomas 1863 - 1866
[Our fortress] consists of a line of works called "lunettes" forming an irregular circle on both sides of Stones River. The "lunette" is a fortification having embankment, ditch, angles, and so forth in front, but open to the rear. Some of [the] . . . — Map (db m37895) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Covered by Cross Fires
To find such a wide break in a fort's wall seems strange to a person today. Yet the gap you see here - then called a sortie passage - is a carefully calculated part of the defenses of Fortress Rosecrans. The area close to the walls was covered . . . — Map (db m37896) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Battle at Stones River December 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 m37666) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Redoubt Brannan Fortress Rosecans 1863 - 1866 —
... scattered about on the most commanding positions inside the [fortress] are four or five "redoubts" or small square forts, mounting heavy siege guns, which completely command the lunettes and also the surrounding country. These works are all . . . — Map (db m37668) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Bum Proof Stockade Fortress Rosecans
Those things [you see] inside the fort ... this shape + ... are bum [bomb] proof stockades. The outside line is heavy oak timber hewn on 3 sides ... about 10 feet high. The timber is .. set up end ways and firmly secured .... The top is first . . . — Map (db m82455) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Waging War by Rail Fortress Rosecans
Locomotive and train arrived from Nashville today... The shrill whistle evoked hearted cheers from all quarters of our camps. It conveyed to us... that we are linked again with home and friends by an iron roadway over which may come plentiful . . . — Map (db m82588) HM
Tennessee (Rutherford County), Murfreesboro — Battle at Stones River December 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 m37694) HM

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