Civil War Sesquicentennial

Statue of two Civil War soldiers shaking hands

On April 12, 1861, decades of sectional turmoil focusing on the fate of slavery came to a violent head as Confederate guns bombarded Fort Sumter. For the next four years, armies of Americans clad in blue and gray savaged eachother in a contest that would determine the fate and future course of our nation.

The Battle of Stones River was one of the key moments of the Civil War. The bloody Union victory near Murfreesboro, Tennessee affected thousands of people's lives and changed the military, political, and social course of the war.

The park will present a number of special programs and events throughout the 150th anniversary of the Civil War that will highlight the role of the Battle of Stones River and other Civil War events in middle Tennessee that shaped the course and outcome of that conflict.


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