• Painting of Union cannons firing

    Stones River

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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  • Park Tour Road Closed Unitl 8 AM on Saturday September 13, 2014

    The park tour road and visitor center parking lots will be closed until 8 AM while permitted 5K & 10K race passes through the park. Portions of the Old Nashville Highway will be closed as well.

151st Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River

Painting of the Battle of Stones River
Smithsonian Institution
 

151 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.

Thursday December 26, 2013

10 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 151 years ago to the day. 30 minute talk

11 AM - "A Hard Earned Victory" - Explore the military, political, and social consequences of the Battle of Stones River and understand this hard fought Union victory proved to be one of the most important events of the Civil War. 30 minute talk

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

3 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

 

Friday December 27, 2013

10 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 151 years ago to the day. 30 minute talk

11 AM - "A Hard Earned Victory" - Explore the military, political, and social consequences of the Battle of Stones River and understand this hard fought Union victory proved to be one of the most important events of the Civil War. 30 minute talk

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

3 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

 

Saturday & Sunday December 28-29, 2013

 
Confederate infantry fire muskets.
 

DAILY PROGRAM SCHEDULE

10 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 151 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.

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.

2 PM - ""A Hard Earned Victory" - Explore the military, political, and social consequences of the Battle of Stones River and understand this hard fought Union victory proved to be one of the most important events of the Civil War. 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.

 

Monday December 30, 2013

10 AM - The Approaching Thunder - Join a ranger for a talk that focuses on the events of the Stones River Campaign 151 years ago to the day. 30 minute talk

11 AM - "A Hard Earned Victory" - Explore the military, political, and social consequences of the Battle of Stones River and understand this hard fought Union victory proved to be one of the most important events of the Civil War. 30 minute talk

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

3 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

 
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Board that marked the initial burial site of Lt. Christian Nix, 24th Wisconsin Infantry.

Tuesday December 31, 2013

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.

 

Wednesdsay January 1, 2014

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 - 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

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

Thursday January 2, 2014

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 Very Forest Seemed to Fall"

Watch Union cannons fire and experience the bloody repulse of the last Confederate attack through the eyes of artillerymen in blue. Programs will be offered at 1, 2, 3 and 4 PM.

 
Painting of Union officer on horseback in front of Fortress Rosecrans

Friday January 3, 2014

11:30 AM - The Fall of Murfreesboro

Join Ranger Jim Lewis at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County for a lunchtime program that tells the story of the Union occupation of Murfreesboro after the Battle of Stones River. 60 minutes

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