• Painting of Union cannons firing

    Stones River

    National Battlefield Tennessee

The Legacy of Stones River

Causes & Consequences

Saturday October 18, 2014

First Presbyterian Church & Stones River National Battlefield

This 1864 photo shows wagons and buildings on the Murfreesboro square.

As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Murfreesboro, join us to explore the conflicting emotions of southerners at the outset of the conflict and the destruction caused by four years of war.

Program Schedule

First Presbyterian Church - 210 N. Spring Street, Murfreesboro, TN

8 AM - Check-in/Registration & Continental Breakfast

9 AM - Welcome

9:15 AM - Erskine Clarke - By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

Follow the travels of a southern couple in Africa where the harsh realities of the trans-Atlantic slave trade lead them to become ant-slavery advocates only to be faced with the terrible choice between their newfound values and their homeland.

10:15 AM - Megan Kate Nelson - Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War

Images of ruined buildings, decimated landscapes, and piles of the dead had a profound impact on those who lived through the Civil War. These ruins contributed to a shared experience of the terrible cost of a war brought on by division. A vision that soon faded from memory after the guns fell silent.

Stones River National Battlefield

1 PM - Joseph Palmer: A Reluctant Leader

Join a ranger for a talk detailing the struggle of the former mayor of Murfreesboro as he transitioned from an opponent of secession to leading his fellow townspeople into the jaws of death at the Battle of Stones River. (30 minutes)

2 PM - Battle Scars

Take a walk through the battlefield and imagine the damage left behind by the terrible struggle of 81,000 soldiers. (60 minutes)


Did You Know?

Prescribed Fire at the Slaughter Pen

Stones River National Battlefield uses prescribed fire to preserve the battlefield landscapes. Fire also helps eliminate invasive exotic plants and encourage the growth of native grass species. More...