The Railroad at Stones River

African American men work along a railroad track.
Formerly enslaved African Americans repair tracks along the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad.

Completed in January 1854, the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad played a crucial role in shaping the landscapes of Stones River National Battlefield. The railroad served as a vital supply line for both armies as they struggled for control of Tennessee. The raised track bed was the scene of some of the most important fighting of the Battle of Stones River. Following the Civil War the railroad played a key role in commemoration and memory on the battlefield.


Last updated: January 4, 2021

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