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Stones River National Battlefield

3501 Old Nashville Highway, Stones River, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, USA  | More on: Stones River »

The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political gains for the Union, and it changed forever the people who lived and fought here. For three days 81,000 men struggled here for possession of middle Tennessee. When it was over, nearly 24,000 casualties littered the fields and General Braxton Bragg's Confederate Army of Tennessee withdrew from the battlefield. General William S. Rosecrans and his Union Army of the Cumberland occupied Murfreesboro and began building Fortress Rosecrans, a supply depot that would support them on their drive to Chattanooga in 1863. News of the victory at Murfreesboro bolstered northern morale and helped legitimize the Emancipation Proclamation that had gone into effect on January 1, 1863. For the people of Murfreesboro, the battle marked the beginning of a military occupation that lasted until the end of the war and the end of life as they knew it for good or ill. President Lincoln called the win at Stones River, "a hard earned victory, which had there been a defeat instead, the country scarcely could have lived over."


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From Nashville (Interstate 24 East) - Take Exit 76 and turn left onto Medical Center Parkway. Turn left onto Thompson Lane. Turn left at the park entrance at 1563 N. Thompson Lane. Follow the tour road to the visitor center.

Visitor Services

Visitor Center and Museum, Rest Rooms, Book Store, Handicapped Access, Ranger Programs (May-October).

Regular Events

Artillery Battery Programs (Third Weekend of July), Fortress Rosecrans Encampment (First Weekend of October), and Battle Anniversary Programs (December 26 - January 2 each year)

Available Interpretation

Battle of Stones River, African American Experience, Civilians & Occupation

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Daily: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Closed: Thanksgiving and December 25th



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