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Monday, August 7, 2017

A Trip Back in Time

                     
Murfreesboro was the site of the Battle of Stones River...December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.   This conflict was also called the Second Battle of Murfreesboro and was the ending of the Stones River Campaign during the American Civil War.
                                         

Union Cemetery across the way where over 6,000 Union Soldiers were buried
We were not very far from this area while visiting Mimi so being history buffs we decided to take a trip back in time to learn more about this period in our history.
                     
We were very fortunate because on this particular day they were conducting a re-enactment complete with men and women in uniform representing both the Confederate army as well as the Union army.  They demonstrated the firing of the muskets as well as a canon.  Of course, the ammo they used were blanks but the sound was authentic!!  Very loud!!!
                 




Confederates massed an attack about noon on the Union soldiers.  Confederate soldiers drove them off from either side of Sheridan and Negley(Union Officers) that left them surrounded on three sides.  They held their ground for 2 hours using natural rock formations as trenches.  
Stock Photo from National Park Planner of Slaughter Pen
Notice the rock formations giving cover for the Union Soldiers


Their ammunition was running low and they feared being totally surrounded so they started retreating.  The Confederates started  picking them off leaving so many bodies piled among the rocks,  it reminded the soldiers of cattle pens where cows were held while they awaited slaughter.  Thus the name 
Slaughter Pen. 

This battle saw some of the highest casualty rates of the war. The Union lost approximately 13,000  troops either killed, wounded or captured.  The Confederates had approximately 10,000 killed,wounded or captured.  There was a total of about 23,000 casualties.  Making it one of the bloodiest battles of the war!

12 comments:

  1. It is so hard to even imagine 23000 bodies laying all over the ground.

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    1. There were so many lives lost during the Civil War...brothers against brothers. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Never knew that little tidbit of American History. Thanks, now will have to visit this place since it is just down the road (120 miles) from me.

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    1. History is so awesome to read and study. This Park is well done and very clean. It is a good half day outing...maybe a little longer depending on how much you want to do the trails.

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  3. We have visited lots of these battle grounds. all are shocking but great history. Will add this one to the list.

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    1. The battlefields of the Civil War are very eye opening as to what took place back in the mid 1800's. Sad but incredible history. Thanks for your comments.

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  4. Oh my gosh. This is me goose bumps just reading about the battle. I just love learning about the Civil war. I have never seen a re-enactment but would love to.
    We are headed to Gettysburg in two weeks. Can't believe we lived in Ohio most of our lives and neither one of us have ever been there. Paul isn't all that excited about the trip, but I am on cloud 9. We will be staying right on the battle ground at the campground. Let the good times roll.

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  5. Your trip to Gettysburg will be awesome and I can imagine how excited you are. There is so much history there and maybe you can get up in the early hours of the morning and just imagine the battlefield and pre-battle time back then. We enjoyed our stay at Gettysburg and would love to go back there.

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  6. A Terrific post, I appreciate the History lesson..very telling photo's. Going to Civil War Battle fields always is a somber experience for me...Just walking those same grounds that soldiers fought and died on is daunting to say the least. I never tire of visiting these eye opening memorials. Thanks for sharing. Horst

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    1. Horst, thanks for your comments. Yes it is very sombering to walk through the battlefields that so many people died on. That was a very difficult time in our history...brother fighting brother. We too enjoy experiencing the history.

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    1. Thanks for your comment...it is hard to imagine the thousands of people in the battle and the number of people that died during the battles.

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