• Painting of Union cannons firing

    Stones River

    National Battlefield Tennessee

The Legacy of Stones River: Past Programs

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The Legacy of Stones River: Why They Fought (March 20, 2010)



The Legacy of Stones River: Why They Fought examined the individual motivations of men that led them to choose sides in 1861 and begin one of the bloodiest chapters in the American story. Through these individual stories we learned more about the intellectual and emotional considerations that fed the drive to Civil War.



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Painting of slaves escaping to the Union Army of the Cumberland.

The Legacy of Stones River: Pathways to Freedom (October 18, 2008)



The Legacy of Stones River: Pathways to Freedom examined the demise of slavery during the Civil War. In areas of the Confederacy occupied by the Union army, which included much of Tennessee, slavery had all but disintegrated by war’s end. The symposium took a fresh look at wartime emancipation through the experiences of slave men and women, Union officers and soldiers, and civilians.



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Postcard depicting the Regular Brigade Monument on top of a national cemetery burial log sheet.

The Legacy of Stones River: Remembering the Civil War (March 31, 2007)



This program addressed battlefield preservation and Civil War commemoration during the 80th anniversary year of the establishment of Stones River National Battlefield. In addition to excellent speakers, this event featured the battlefield’s most popular public tour, Hallowed Ground, and rousing music by the Olde Towne Brass Band of Huntsville, Alabama.



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Photograph of Union army camps in the square of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Federal camps on the town square in Murfreesboro in 1864.

Albert Gore Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University

The Legacy of Stones River: Occupation and the Home Front in Tennessee (October 22, 2005)



This program addressed civilian life in Tennessee during the Civil War. This one-day event combined scholarly perspectives and interpretive programs to provide new insights into the experience of living in a war zone.



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Painting of slaves working in a corn field.

"Southern Cornfield, Nashville, Tennessee (1861)" by Thomas Wood

T.W. Wood Art Gallery - Montpelier, Vermont

The Legacy of Stones River: Slavery and the Civil War in Tennessee (March 6, 2004)



This program addressed the influence of slavery on the outbreak, fighting, and outcome of the Civil War in Tennessee. This one-day event combined scholarly perspectives and public programming to give new insights into this significant issue.



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Drawing of Union soldiers marching into Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

West Point Museum Collections, United States Military Academy

The Legacy of Stones River: The Civil War in Middle Tennessee (October 25-26, 2002)



This inaugural offering in the series explored the impacts of the Battle of Stones River on Middle Tennessee during and after the Civil War. It was part of a series of events to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Stones River and the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Stones River National Battlefield.



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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Nathan Bedford Forrest and his men were defeated by a Union force in a small battle along the Wilkinson Pike. The Battle of the Cedars was fought on December 7, 1864.