Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Anchoring the Union Line ~ Hazen's Brigade

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: on Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboro, TN
County: Rutherford
Coordinates: N 35° 52.572    W 086° 25.686
  35.8762    -86.4281
Waymark: None


Anchoring the Union Line
Hazen's Brigade
— December 31, 1862 - Mid-afternoon —

...thousands of small arms kept up the roar equal to Niagara. Men were swept away by hundreds - trees shrubs and everything was torn up, cut off, or shivered ...
John Magee, corporal, Stanford's Mississippi Light Artillery

Veterans called this blood-soaked open ground ahead of you "Hell's Half-Acre." Here a brigade of 1,600 bluecoat infantry faced wave after wave of attackers attempting to overrun them. Four times Confederate brigades charged. Four times the defenders here gave no ground.

At dawn, 43,000 Union soldiers had stretched from McFadden's Ford, one mile to the north, to the Smith farm three miles to the south. By noon, half of that huge army had folded back on itself, like a pocketknife closing, with 13,000 men dead, wounded, or captured.

Four regiments that fought so fiercely here under Colonel William Hazen were the hinge of that folding knife. From 9 a.m. to dusk, Hazen's men were the only Federals to hold their ground on the first day of battle at Stones River.

Erected by Stones River National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.