9 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 150 years ago to the day. (30 minutes)
10 AM - Rising Tide - Watch a Confederate infantry demonstration and listen to how the Confederates shattered the Union right flank during the morning of December 31, 1862. (30 minutes)
11 AM - Resisting the Tide - The ranger will recount the harrowing fight in the Slaughter Pen while Union infantry presents a firing demonstration. (30 minutes)
12 PM - Covering the Retreat- Watch cannons fire and learn how Union artillery struggled to hold back the Confederate tide with mixed results. (30 minutes)
1 PM - Hell's Half Acre- A ranger will recount the bloody struggle at the Round Forest as Confederate infantry presents a firing demonstration. (30 minutes)
2 PM - Fighting for the Pike - Union infantry takes the field while a ranger tells visitors how the Army of the Cumberland made its stand to protect its lifeline. (30 minutes)
3 PM - Artillery Saves the Days - Visitors will appreciate the critical role of cannons in forging the Union victory. Program will include a cannon firing demonstration. (30 minutes)
4 PM - A Hard Earned Victory - Join a ranger for a discussion of the important military, political, and social impacts of the costly Union victory at Stones River. (30 minutes)
While you wait for the next demonstration to begin, join soldiers and civilians in our interpretive camp and discover the stories from beyond the battlefield. Presentations will include: Gen. George H. Thomas, Signal Corps, Artificers, Camp Games, Provost Marshal, and the civilian story of Holly Mcfadden. The camp will be open from 10 AM to 3 PM daily.
Young visitors can gather at the Family Activity Tent from 9 AM to 3 PM each day and complete activities to earn a special 150th anniversary Junior Ranger badge. Activities will include:
Writing Home: Read some letters that soldiers wrote home and then write your own letter with pen and ink.
Soldiering: Discover what soldiers carried with them and the difficulties of camp life.
Who Were They? : Explore the museum and learn about different people who experienced the Battle of Stones River.
Guns and Shovels: Take a short hike around the visitor center and complete a scavenger hunt while learning about some of the history.