Remembering a massive battle in Murfreesboro that happened 155 years ago

WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, TN, December 12, 2017

The Battle of Stones river took place 155 years ago as of this month. The event will be remembered at the Stones River National Battlefield December 26th through January 2nd.Again, the 155th anniversary for the Battle of Stones River will be commemorated on December 26th through January 2nd at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro.

Program Schedule:

December 26-29, 2017:

11 AM – The Approaching Thunder – Join a ranger at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce visitor center as he uses their outdoor map to explain the Stones River Campaign events that played out 155 years ago to the day. (30 minutes)

1 PM – Stones River Stories – Listen as a park ranger tells the story of a soldier or unit on the ground where they fought in the Battle of Stones River. (30 minutes)

2 PM – Battlefield Caravan Tour – Follow a ranger in your car and stop at several key locations as you explore the places and people that make up the Battle of Stones River story. (90 minutes)

Saturday December 30, 2017:

Walk the ground where some of the most pivotal events of the Battle of Stones River unfolded at the exact time the occurred 154 years ago. Groups will meet at the visitor center. Some programs will require driving to the starting point. Each walk will last about an hour and include infantry and artillery demonstrations.

11 AM – The Slaughter Pen
1 PM – Hell’s Half Acre
3 PM – Building a New Line of Defense

Sunday December 31, 2017:

11 AM – The Pioneers Make a Stand
1 PM – Fighting for the Nashville Pike

Monday January 1, 2018:

11 AM – The Eye of the Storm – Learn about the quiet but critical events of New Year’s Day that shaped the outcome of the Battle of Stones River. (30 minutes)

1 PM – First Day Hike – Follow a ranger and explore the battlefield while discovering the many layers of history on the landscape. Be sure to dress appropriately for a 4+ mile hike and bring snacks and plenty of water. (3 Hours)

2 PM – Forever Free – The Battle of Stones River provided a victory to support the Emancipation Proclamation. Join a discussion of that document and how it shaped the outcome and aftermath of our Civil War. (30 minutes)

Tuesday January 2, 2018:

“The Very Forest Seemed to Fall” Join living historians near the banks of the Stones River as they present artillery demonstrations and talks highlighting the final attack of the battle of Stones River and its bloody consequences.

Programs will take place at 1, 2, 3 & 4 PM.