Stones River National Battlefield, established by the Act of March 3, 1927, was set aside “with view of preserving and marking such field for historical and professional military study.” The park commemorates the battle that set the stage for the devastating 1863-1864 Union campaigns through Tennessee and Georgia and produced a military victory to support the Emancipation Proclamation as it went into effect on January 1, 1863. Stones River National Battlefield’s association to the Underground Railroad is important. This site commemorates a significant Union victory that was critical to the legitimacy of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was a critical step in the transformation of the war into a campaign to end slavery. The Union occupation of Murfreesboro also provided local slaves the opportunity to seize their freedom and begin defining their roles in a changing society. For some, this process included taking up arms to fight for their freedom in the United States Colored Troops.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 3501 Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboto, 37129
National Park Unit: Yes
Ownership: Stuart K. Johnson
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Fortieth United States Colored Infantry,One Hundred Eleventh United States Colored Infantry,One Hundred Tenth United States Colored Infantry,Seventeenth United States Colored Infantry,Thirteenth United States Colored Infantry,Twelfth United States Colored Infantry United States Colored Troops