Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Lunette Palmer

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: along the trail in the Fortress Rosecrans unit of the Stones River National Battlefield, Golf Lane (Old Fort Street), Murfreesboro, TN
County: Rutherford
Coordinates: N 35° 51.185    W 086° 24.783
  35.85308333    -86.41305
Waymark: None


Civil War fortifications were precisely designed. Every angle, every mound of earth, and every slope you see here in Lunette Palmer had a specific purpose.

Lunette Palmer is a multi-sided, angled earthwork that projects outward from the basic profile of the fort. The ten lunettes of Fortress Rosecrans were designed to allow infantry or artillery to sweep every inch of ground in front of the fort. There were no "dead spaces" where an attacking foe could take refuge.

The original function of the earthen mounds to your right is not certain. They may be the remains of a magazine, a roofed earthen structure designed to store ammunition for the lunette's cannon.

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