• Painting of Union cannons firing

    Stones River

    National Battlefield Tennessee

152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River

Painting of the Battle of Stones River
Smithsonian Institution
 

152 years ago, the fields and forests near Murfreesboro saw one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the American Civil War. Join park rangers and volunteers for a variety of programs that tell the story of this tragic event that affected the lives of thousands and continues to affect our lives today.

 
Visitors stand on rocks as the listen to a park ranger speak.

Friday December 26, 2014

10 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 152 years ago to the day. 30 minute talk

11 AM - Your Stones River: Why Did They Fight? - A ranger will guide participants in a discussion of some of the most controversial and/or critical moments of the Stones River story. We will begin by examining the political and military moves that set the stage for the deadly fight at Murfreesboro. 30-45 minute discussion

1 PM - Stones River Stories - Listen as a ranger shares the story of a soldier or group of soldiers that fought in the Battle of Stones River. 30 minute talk

2 PM - Battlefield Caravan Tour - Visitors will follow a ranger in their vehicles and stop at four sites to learn about the events and people that are part of the story of the Battle of Stones River. 90 minute tour

 
Union soldiers fighting from behind rocks

Saturday December 27, 2014 (Living History Programs)

10 AM -The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 152 years ago to the day. 30 minute talk

11 AM - Dawn Attack - Confederate and Union infantry along with their supporting artillery will demonstrate the tactics that saw the Battle of Stones River open with a great deal of promise for the men in gray. 30 minute program

1 PM - The Slaughter Pen - Walk through the fields and forests where some of the deadliest and most critical fighting of the Battle of Stones River raged. Demonstrations by Confederate and Union Infantry and Union artillery will help you imagine the struggle that took place there nearly 152 years ago. 45 minute program

2 PM - Stones River Stories - Listen as a ranger shares the story of a soldier or group of soldiers that fought in the Battle of Stones River. 30 minute talk

3 PM - Hell's Half Acre - Walk the ground where four Confederate attacks tried and failed to break the left side of the Union line and watch infantry and artillery demonstrations. 45 minute program

 
Confederate infantry fire muskets.
 

Sunday December 28, 2014 (Living History Programs)

10 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 152 years ago to the day. 30 minute talk

11 AM - "There Was No Time For Fear" - Walk with a ranger around the field where a decisive stand by the Union army changed the course of the battle. Along the way Union and Confederate soldiers will fire muskets and cannons to help take you back to the afternoon of December 31, 1862. 45 minute walk

1 PM - "Here Was Our Hardest Fighting" - Hear the roar of muskets and the boom of cannon as a ranger tells the tale of how the Pioneer Brigade and the Chicago Board of Trade Battery withstood the determined assaults of the Texans in Ector's brigade. 30 minute program

2 PM - Stones River Stories - Listen as a ranger shares the story of a soldier or group of soldiers that fought in the Battle of Stones River. 30 minute talk

3 PM - "Something Was Up" - Watch musket and cannon demonstrations as a ranger shares the story of the deadly fighting along the banks of the Stones River on January 2, 1863. 30 minute program

 

Monday December 29, 2014

10 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 152 years ago to the day. 30 minute talk

11 AM - Your Stones River: Lost Opportunities - Join in on a ranger led discussion of the actions and failures to act on December 29, 1862 that shaped the outcome of the Battle of Stones River. 30-45 minute discussion

1 PM - Stones River Stories - Listen as a ranger shares the story of a soldier or group of soldiers that fought in the Battle of Stones River. 30 minute talk

2 PM - Battlefield Caravan Tour- Visitors will follow a ranger in their vehicles and stop at four sites to learn about the events and people that are part of the story of the Battle of Stones River. 90 minute tour

 

Tuesday December 30, 2014

10 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 152 years ago to the day. 30 minute talk

11 AM - Your Stones River:The Battle Plans - Visitors will weigh the pros and cons of the opposing plans of attack with guidance from a ranger. 30-45 minute discussion

1 PM - Stones River Stories - Listen as a ranger shares the story of a soldier or group of soldiers that fought in the Battle of Stones River. 30 minute talk

2 PM - Battlefield Caravan Tour - Visitors will follow a ranger in their vehicles and stop at four sites to learn about the events and people that are part of the story of the Battle of Stones River. 90 minute tour

 
The Union soldiers of Col. William B. Hazen's brigade fight off a Confederate attack across Hell's Half Acre.

Col. William B. Hazen's brigade defends their position in the Round Forest against one of four Confederate attacks on December 31, 1862.

Wednesday December 31, 2014

Real Time Tours

Walk the ground where some of the most pivotal events of the Battle of Stones River unfolded at the exact time the occurred 151 years ago. Groups will meet at the visitor center. Some programs will require driving to the starting point. Each walk will last ninety approximately 90 minutes.

10 AM - The Slaughter Pen

12 PM - Hell's Half Acre

2 PM - Fighting for the Nashville Pike

If you can't make these special walks, join a ranger or volunteer at the visitor center for Stones River Stories, a 30-minute talk featuring the story of a soldier or unit that fought in the Battle of Stones River. Programs will be offered at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM.

 

Thursday January 1, 2015

10 AM - The Eye of the Storm- Learn about the quiet but critical events of New Year's Day that shaped the outcome of the Battle of Stones River. 30 minute talk

11 AM - Your Stones River: Slavery and the Civil War - The role of slavery as a cause and shaping force of our Civil War has long been a topic of debate. Join us and continue that discussion while a ranger moderates. 45 minute discussion

1 PM - Forever Free - Explore how the Emancipation Proclamation shaped the course and outcome of the Civil War through the experiences of people who lived and fought in middle Tennessee. 30 minute talk

2 PM - Battlefield Caravan Tour - Visitors will follow a ranger in their vehicles and stop at four sites to learn about the events and people that are part of the story of the Battle of Stones River. 90 minute tour

 
Cannon firing

Friday January 2, 2015

11 AM - "My Poor Orphans": Walk with a ranger along the banks of the Stones River while learning about the final, ill-fated attack by the Confederates. 60 Minute Walk

The Final Charge

Watch Union cannons fire and experience the bloody repulse of the last Confederate attack through the accounts of the men in Gen. John C. Breckinridge's division. Programs will be offered at 1, 2, 3 and 4 PM.

 
Painting of Union officer on horseback in front of Fortress Rosecrans

Saturday & Sunday January 3-4, 2015

Daily Program Schedule

10 AM - Battle Scars - Walk through the battlefield with a ranger and imagine the damage left behind by the battle. 60 minute walk

10 AM to 3 PM - The U.S. Christian & Sanitary Commissions - Spend some time in the camp of these two organizations dedicated to improving the lives and health soldiers in the Union army and learn about their work in Murfreesboro following the Battle of Stones River.

3 PM - A Vast Storehouse - Explore some the remaining earthworks of Fortress Rosecrans as a ranger explains why that massive fortification proved to be one of the most important results of the Battle of Stones River. 60 minute walk

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