Historic Markers Across Tennessee

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

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: the Redoubt Brannan trailhead for the Stones River Greenway trail on West College Street, Murfreesboro, TN
County: Rutherford
Coordinates: N 35° 51.659    W 086° 24.656
  35.86098333    -86.41093333
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 Nashville Pike
The paved road you see crossing Stones River, now known as the Old Nashville Highway, was the most direct wagon route joining Murfreesboro to Nashville during the Civil War. The low earthen mound you see directly across the river is the remains of Redoubt Brannan. Federal troops built this earthwork in 1863 - after the battle of Stones River - to guard both the Nashville Pike and the railroad that entered Fortress Rosecrans here.

Attention to Orders
No one should be allowed to walk on the parapets, nor move or sit upon the gabions, barrels, or sandbags that may be placed upon them.
by Order of
Major General William S. Rosecrans, commanding Army of the Cumberland, United States Army.

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