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  Stones River Entrance
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  • Stones River Entrance - Murfreesboro
      Stones River Entrance
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  • Parson's Battery, awaiting the onslaught - Murfreesboro
      Parson's Battery, awaiting the onslaught
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  • Union artillery in the Round Forest - Murfreesboro
      Union artillery in the Round Forest
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  • Chicago Board of Trade Battery - Murfreesboro
      Chicago Board of Trade Battery
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  • The Artillery Monument - Murfreesboro
      The Artillery Monument
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Stones River National Battlefield is one of those battles where both the Union and the Confederacy have the right to declare victory. On the morning of Dec. 30, the Confederate Army materialized out of the cold damp driving the Unions right flank back upon itself more than 2 miles. Their retreat and supply lines on the Nashville Road were nearly cut into, except for the defense displayed by the Chicago Board of Trade Artillery Battery. When the smoke cleared that night, the Union line had been transformed from a straight line into a 'L' with the pivot in Round Forest. Here, Sherman had held the line at a terrible loss. The next day, both sides evacuated their wounded and began to bury their dead.

On January 1st, the Confederates again made a dramatic push, this time on the Union left flank, coming over a crest, straight down into the Union camps, still preparing breakfast. The lines broke and a mass exodus across Stones River ensued. But again, the Confederacy was stopped by Union Artillery . Unable to make any more progress the field quieted once again. Come the 2nd of January, the Confederacy made a tactical withdrawal.

Having substantially broken the Army of Tennessee, the Confederacy could claim that they had defeated the Union. Historically, the army that remains on the field of battle is considered the victor and it was the Union who remained in defensive position waiting once more for an attack that was not coming.

Address: 3501 Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: (615) 893-9501
Website: http://www.nps.gov/stri

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2006
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