Historic Markers Across Tennessee



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



Marker ID: NPS 
Location: at the General Bragg Trailhead of the Greenway Trail Park System on West College Street, Murfreesboro, TN
County: Rutherford
Coordinates: N 35° 52.115    W 086° 25.181
  35.86858333    -86.41968333
Waymark: None
 



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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 second Headquarters of General Bragg
West Point graduate Braxton Bragg was 45 years old when he received command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee in April 1862. After six months of campaigning in eastern Tennessee and Kentucky, Bragg ordered his men to set up winter quarters here in Middle Tennessee.

When the Federals unexpectedly marched out of Nashville, Bragg's 38,000 Confederates - then spread out over a 50-mile-wide front - had to be brought into battle lines outside Murfreesboro. It was here that Bragg ordered General Breckinridge's doomed attack on January 2, 1863.

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


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