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Better Know A Regiment Field Trip

General Maney’s soldiers lurking just inside the tree line during the Battle of Stones River.
Gen. George Maney’s Brigade during the Battle of Stones River

Stones River National Battlefield

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After completing the classroom portion of this activity please schedule your field trip. Details are listed below.

During the Civil War tens of thousands of Tennesseans served in both Union and Confederate armies. Nearly every county sacrificed their native born sons for their cause. This field trip is designed to get up close and personal with a local regiment that fought at the Battle of Stones River. Prior to visiting the battlefield a regiment should be chosen by the class, research completed, and significant facts and figures about the regiment discussed and documented by the students. Significant facts and figures might include who the commanding officers were, which battles the regiment participated in, how many men were mustered-in, how many men were still alive at the end, and other notable soldiers or actions during the war.

After thoroughly researching a particular regiment, it is time to visit the battlefield and walk in the soldier's footsteps. This can be done in a number of ways. First, since the battle took place on and off park property, it may be appropriate to take a bus and explore some offsite locations before sites within the park. Certain regiments saw more action outside the park;however, regiments like the First Tennessee Infantry (Confederate) were not heavily involved until the fighting had moved into what is now part of Stones River National Battlefield. A program focused on that regiment might begin at Tour Stop #2 The Slaughter Pen, then proceed on foot north toward the visitor center, with a few significant stops along the way.

At each stop, whether travelling by bus or foot, the ranger will facilitate a dialogue between the students, ask questions, and encourage debate about military, moral, and ethical situations. The students will use what they know about that regiment to develop thoughtful insight into the physical, emotional, and psychological struggles these men were facing. The program, whether travelling by bus, foot, or both will begin and conclude at the visitor center where students can use the restroom, eat lunch, and if time allows tour the museum, watch the park film, and visit the book store.

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