Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Battle at Stones River ~ December 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: at the Rosecrans Headquarters site within the Stones River Battlefield Park on Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboro, TN
County: Rutherford
Coordinates: N 35° 53.375    W 086° 26.601
  35.88958333    -86.44335
Waymark: None


Stones River National Battlefield preserves some key portions of the ground where two great armies of Americans - some 81,000 men - clashed with each other. Their bitter, three-day struggle erupted on New Year's Eve 1862.

To explore their stories, start at the Visitor Center. Maps are available there to help you find battlefield points of interest.

You are here at the Headquarters of General Rosecrans
West Point graduate William S. Rosecrans was 43 years old when he received command of the Army of the Cumberland in October 1862. In late December he ordered his 43,000 men to march southeast from Nashville, following the railroad tracks toward Murfreesboro enroute to the key rail hub at Chattanooga. General Rosecrans set up his headquarters here with troops on both sides of the Nashville Pike. Much of the early planning for the battle took place here.

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


More information:
Wikipedia - Battle of Stones River
NPS - The Battle of Stones River