On January 5, 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland marched into Murfreesboro beginning a military occupation that lasted beyond the end of the Civil War. Join us for programs that tell the story of how the lives of the town's citizens and enslaved people changed after the Battle of Stones River.
From 9 AM to 3 PM, visitors are invited to watch and particpate in demonstrations of activities that were part of daily life in Murfreesboro during the Union occupation with the help of civilian living historians. Demonstrations may include: cooking, spinning, sewing, candle making, soap making, and other examples of daily activities that occured in homes throughout the nation.
Daily Program Schedule
10 AM - A Young Lady's War - Explore how the Civil War changed the lives of the daughters of Murfreesboro's most prominent families.
11 AM - Holly McFadden: A Study in Determination - Hollie McFadden's story is one of an iron will overcoming incredible odds to keep her home and family intact during the Civil War.
1 PM - John Spence: The Business of Occupation - Learn how one of Murfreesboro's most prominent businessmen managed to navigate the shifting tides of military occupation.
2 PM - Ann Hosmer: The U.S. Sanitary Commission - Northern civilians came south to care for their soldiers and found themselves sharing the trials and triumphs of Murfreesboro's residents.
3 PM - William Holland's Story - Join a ranger for a discussion of how the Union occupation transformed the lives of enslaved people.