Next stop on our swing through Tennessee: a visit to Stones River National Battlefield. This was a special treat for me because I finally had the chance to spend some time in the field with legendary NPW historian Jim Lewis. Jim has been at the park for twenty-five years, and although I’ve heard much about him, I’d never before had the chance to meet him in person. What a privilege it was–and what a treat to hear him interpret stories on the battlefield.
It was a gray, misty morning when Kris White, Garry Adelman, and I arrived on the battlefield, but at least it was warm. And as the day wore on, the misty rain cleared up, even if the skies remained gloomy. Jim told us it was pretty close to the weather in the closing days of 1862.
Join us as we continue our video tour of western battlefields for the American Battlefield Trust:
In the three days ending 1862 and beginning 1863, Union and Confederate forces clashed in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, resulting in the highest percentage of casualties for both sides of any major battle of the American Civil War.
Garry Adelman, Kristopher White and Dr. Chris Mackowski are joined by special guest Jim Lewis, Chief Ranger of Stones River National Battlefield.
Dr. Chris Mackowski and Chief Ranger Jim Lewis detail the intense fighting in the Slaughter Pen at Stones River occurring on December 31, 1862. This is truly one of the most unique features of any Civil War battlefield, so be sure to check out the Stones River National Battlefield whenever you find yourself in the area!
After much sacrifice in the Slaughter Pen, the Union receives reinforcements just in time for another Confederate assault. Chief Ranger Jim Lewis continues to detail the Battle of Stones River with Garry Adelman.
From 10 a.m. in the morning until sunset, General William B. Hazen and his men held the Union line at Stones River against four separate Confederate attacks. Chief Ranger Jim Lewis, Dr. Chris Mackowski and Garry Adelman tell us more.
Chief Ranger Jim Lewis, Dr. Chris Mackowski and Garry Adelman wrap up our coverage of the Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro).