1927: National Military Park
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteDecember 1862 was a bleak month for President Abraham Lincoln. The country was bogged down in the Civil War, the Union had suffered a devastating loss at Fredericksburg, and Lincoln was prepared to issue the bound-to-be controversial Emancipation Proclamation. The North needed a victory. Armies of the Union and the Confederacy met in bloody battle between December 31, 1862 and January 2, 1863 near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
What You're Going to SeeVisitors can see the Hazen Brigade Monument, believed to be the oldest intact Civil War monument still in its original place. Portions of Fort Rosecrans, built after the battle, are still in place. Visitors should note that much of the 4,000 acre battlefield is in private hands. There is a visitor center which has a small museum and a slide show. The battlefield may be toured by car or on foot; there are several spots with short foot trails. There is a Junior Ranger program for the kids. Stones River National Cemetary adjoins the Battlefield. It has 6,831 internments, of which 2,562 are unidentified.
Personal ObservationsI haven't been to Tennessee. I know someone who lives there, though. Hi, Andy!
Getting ThereFrom Nashville, take US 41/70 southeast toward Murfreesboro for about 27 miles. Turn south (right) on Van Cleven Lane, cross the railroad tracks, and take a hard right onto the Old Nashville Highway. The Battlefield is on your left, and 300 feet down the road the Cemetary is on your right. Turn left onto Park Road to enter the Battlefield.
Nearby AttractionsAbout 80 miles to the west is Fort Donelson National Battlefield. 80 miles to the north in Kentucky is Mammoth Cave National Park. About 90 miles to the east is Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and Obed Wild & Scenic River. To the south, in Georgia, is Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and to the south in Alabama is Russell Caves National Monument.