• 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.

Event Details

  • Everyday from 05/04/2013 to 05/05/2013

    Painting of Fortress Rosecrans by Albert Metzner
    Location: Fortress Rosecrans | Map Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Jim Lewis Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 615-893-9501

During the winter and spring of 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland, assisted by newly free people, built one of the largest earthen fortifications ever seen on our continent. Fortress Rosecrans served as a hub for the Union occupation of middle Tennessee, and played a key role in supporting the Union drive to take Chattanooga.

Visitors will walk the trails around the earthworks that still dominate the landscape 150 years later and explore the stories of soldiers and civilians whose lives were shaped by those massive fortifications. Each day will begin at 9 AM with a ranger guided walk through the fortress. Artillery firings will punctuate the day at 10 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM much as they did during the Union occupation 150 years ago.

From 10:30 AM to noon and 1:30 to 3 PM visitors will have a chance to walk around the earthworks and stop at a number of locations to discover more about the lives of soldiers and civilians whose stories were affected by this massive supply depot.

Each stop along the trail will feature activities that visitors can complete to earn one of the park's seven Civil War to Civil Rights trading cards. Each visitor should have the opportunity to earn a complete set of cards while learning more about Fortress Rosecrans and its impact on the Civil War in Tennessee. 

Daily Program Schedule

9 AM - A Vast Storehouse- Join a park ranger on an hour-long walk through the Fortress and discover how it shaped the outcome of the Civil War.

10 AM - Covered By Crossfires- Watch a cannon fire and learn how artillery played a crucial role in defending the fortress and keeping the local population in check.

10:30 AM-12 PM - Behind the Walls: The Stories of Fortress Rosecrans - Visitors will walk around the earthworks to discover the myriad of stories shaped by Fortress Rosecrans. Program stops will include: Artillery Drill, Musket Drill, Quartermaster, Signal Station, Provost Marshal, Civilian Stories, United States Colored Troops, and demonstrations of daily soldier activities.

1 PM - Covered By Crossfires- Watch a cannon fire and learn how artillery played a crucial role in defending the fortress and keeping the local population in check.

1:30-3 PM - Behind the Walls: The Stories of Fortress Rosecrans - Visitors will walk around the earthworks to discover the myriad of stories shaped by Fortress Rosecrans. Program stops will include: Artillery Drill, Musket Drill, Quartermaster, Signal Station, Provost Marshal, Civilian Stories, United States Colored Troops, and demonstrations of daily soldier activities.

3 PM - Covered By Crossfires - Watch a cannon fire and learn how artillery played a crucial role in defending the fortress and keeping the local population in check.