I was surprised to find a national park in Murfreesboro, TN when researching this area. The Battle of Stones River took place at this location from December 31, 1862 – January 2, 1863. Union troops made their final stand here, defending the Nashville Pike and railroad. At Stones River National Battlefield you can explore the site of one of the Civil War’s costliest battles by car, bicycle or on foot.
You can reach points of interest on the self-guiding auto tour. Numbered markers identify stops. Events are explained along short trails and on exhibits.
Stones River has a great visitor center that features a museum, film about the battle and a bookstore/giftshop. They offer a cell phone and app tour of the park, a picnic area, national cemetery, junior ranger program and ranger programs. Should you need it, free WiFi is available.
In addition to Stones River, you can see part of Fortress Rosecrans in Old Fort Park on Highway 96. Redoubt Brannan is on West College Street. Paved trails lead to the earthworks. Stones River and Lytle Creek greenways offer places for additional activities. The Hazen Brigade and Artllery monuments, the National Cemetery, and Evergreen Cemetery are also close.
Fortress Rosecrans had three miles of earthworks enclosing storehouses, powder magazines, and four interior redoubts (small forts), including Redoubt Brannan.
Hazen Brigade Monument was built by Hazen’s men in 1863. It is one of the oldest Civil War memorials.
Stones River National Cemetery is the burial site of over 6100 Union soldiers, 2,500 of them unknown. Evergreen Cemetery is the burial site of about 2,000 Confederates. In the 1890’s the remains of these soldiers were moved a third time to this cemetery for their final resting place.
Artillery Monument marks the battle’s final attack on January 2. In 1906 the railway built the 34-foot-tall monument so that passengers could see it from the train’s windows.
The visitor center hours of operation are 9am – 5pm seven days a week. The visitor center is closed on the following select holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Park hours are sunrise to sunset year round. Stones River National Battlefield is one of over 400 parks in the National Park System. To learn more about national parks visit www.nps.gov.
When you are visiting this National Park and others, don’t forget to pick up a passport to collect your stamps or update your existing one.
Stones River National Battlefield
3501 Old Nashville Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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