From December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863, 24,000 men were either killed, wounded, or missing in the fields just outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. By percentage, the Battle of Stones River was war’s bloodiest. Today, this critical battle – marked by suffering and devastation – is one of the most threatened due to its proximity to booming Nashville. The need for preservation is critical.
The American Battlefield Trust just announced its latest campaign to save 42 acres of hallowed ground at the Stones River battlefield. The target property sits between the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad and Stones River. According to the Trust, this is one of the largest unprotected tracts of hallowed ground and will tie two other protected tracts of land together. The Trust just needs to raise $170,000.
But, what specifically occurred on these 42 acres?
We will have a series of posts pertaining to this hallowed tract of land, including a history of preservation at Stones River and why this land is vital to understanding the battle.
To get involved with the American Battlefield Trust’s efforts, please click here.